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Zodiac Controversy Chaos Continues, NASA Clarifies Reports

Sep 27, 2016 08:00 AM EDT

Despite NASA's clarifications regarding the zodiac sign controversy, social media continues to be in chaos. Reports continue to claim that the space agency has replaced the zodiac signs and that a 13th zodiac has been added.

Back in January, NASA summarized the story of how the western zodiac was formed. The space agency said that rather than being grounded in science, the zodiac signs were based on history. The Babylonians had formed the zodiac signs through constellation patterns, 12 to be exact, to match the 12 months.

The 13th constellation, Ophiuchus, was left out. Yet, even with the 13th sign left out, there are as much as 21 zodiacal constellations, but astrology has nothing to do with astronomy -- so clearly, the signs have not been changed.

"Here at NASA, we study astronomy, not astrology," clarified the space agency in a statement, adding, "We didn't change any zodiac signs, we just did the math."

If you're wondering what your new zodiac sign could have been if NASA had indeed changed the signs, the altered zodiac calendar is as follows:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 to Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 to March 11
Pisces: March 11 to April 18
Aries: April 18 to May 13
Taurus: May 13 to June 21
Gemini: June 21 to July 20
Cancer: July 20 to Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 to Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 to Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 to Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 to Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 to Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 to Jan. 20

This is not the first time reports of the zodiac signs being altered has come up. Back in 2011, the same report had caused quite the ruckus on the web. Still, NASA continues to clamp down the reports and insist that they did not change the zodiac signs. For a better understanding of what NASA has been trying to say, head on to their official Tumblr page. Yet, as what NASA has been trying to say - the zodiac signs remain unaltered.

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