But, there were 13 constellations, and they were working with a month calendar. So they ditched Ophiuchus. NASA also pointed out that the Earth's axis doesn't even point in the same direction as it did when the original constellations were drawn, so all our signs have different date ranges now anyway.
In other words: astrological chaos. And the science nerds at NASA don't even care that they've upended our lives. Here are the brand-new astrological dates and signs, if you can bear to look.
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Follow today. Still, like reading fantasy stories, many people enjoy reading their "astrological forecast" or "horoscope" in the newspaper every day. This is almost 6,,,, 6 trillion miles! One light year is 25 million times farther than the moon, or over 60, times farther than the Sun. Remember, nothing in the Universe travels faster than light! Return to Make a star Finder page.
No, NASA hasn't changed the zodiac signs or added a new one
Some curious symbols ring the outside of the Star Finder. These symbols stand for some of the constellations in the zodiac. What is the zodiac and what is special about these constellations? Imagine a straight line drawn from Earth through the Sun and out into space way beyond our solar system where the stars are.
Then, picture Earth following its orbit around the Sun. This imaginary line would rotate, pointing to different stars throughout one complete trip around the Sun—or, one year. All the stars that lie close to the imaginary flat disk swept out by this imaginary line are said to be in the zodiac.
The constellations in the zodiac are simply the constellations that this imaginary straight line points to in its year-long journey. In ancient times, astronomers did not fully understand how Earth, the Sun, and the stars moved.
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Nor did they have any idea the Universe is so vast. But they were keen observers of the sky and tried very hard to make sense of it.
People had already imagined that the constellations might be important symbols, telling stories of their gods and other myths. Early astronomers observed the sun traveling through the signs of the Zodiac in the course of one year, spending about a month in each.
Thus, they calculated that each constellation extends 30 degrees across the ecliptic. Ancient astrologers grouped the 12 signs according to the classical elements. The elements represent certain personality traits and are used in conjunction with the star signs, as well as with the position of the sun, moon and known planets at the time, to determine a horoscope, according to Astro.
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Air — Libra, Aquarius, Gemini quick and animated, tendency to intellectualize feelings. Earth — Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo quiet and slow reactions, slow to change emotionally. However, a phenomenon called precession has altered the position of the constellations we see today and has resulted in a shift of the zodiac constellations. The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere was once marked by the zero point of the Zodiac.
Astronomers call this the vernal equinox and it occurs as the ecliptic and celestial equator intersect on approximately March Around B. Unbeknownst to the ancient astrologers, Earth continually wobbles around its axis in a 25,year cycle.