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Regardless of the 13th Zodiac Sign Controversy, NASA Says Astrology is Still Fake

Sep 29, 2016 05:37 AM EDT
NASA has denied claims of changing the zodiac and adding a 13th sign, Ophiuchus. The space agency said that with or without the change in zodiac signs, astrology is still fake.
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NASA caused quite a stir when news of the space agency changing the 12 zodiac signs, adding a 13th sign called Ophiuchus, surfaced online. However, NASA has denied such claims and said that with or without the change in zodiac signs, astrology is still fake.

The ruckus was caused when Cosmopolitan posted an article, saying that NASA has decided to change the astrological signs for the first time in 2,000 years. The article says that the change was caused by the stars and Earth's axis being different today than it was in the past.

However, in a recent post of NASA on Tumblr, the space agency clarified that they did not change the zodiac signs but just clarified the facts and calculation. NASA further said that there is a big difference between astrology and astronomy, the latter being the scientific study of everything in space.

"Astrology is something else. It’s not science. No one has shown that astrology can be used to predict the future or describe what people are like based on their birth dates," NASA emphasized.

The supposed 13th zodiac sign called Ophiuchus is known to be the "snake bearer" in astrology. It is located between the Aquila, Serpens and Hercules constellations, Inverse reports. There are in fact 13 zodiac signs, but the Babylonians divided the zodiac signs to 12 to fit to their calendar.

"The Space Place feature that sparked this is about how astrology is not astronomy, how it was a relic of ancient history, and pointed out the science and math that come from observations of the night sky," Laurie Cantillo of the Planetary Exploration, Heliophysics told BBC Trending.

However, for those curious to know what their new zodiac signs would be if NASA did change the zodiacs, here's a calendar including the 13th sign Ophiuchus:

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

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