Zodiac signs can be a real passion for some people. However, NASA decided to take a closer look at the matter and state some scientific facts related to these general beliefs. What they discovered is that we have been guiding ourselves by wrong numbers and information. Here is what you need to know about one of NASA’s most recent research.
According to the traditional belief, there are twelve zodiac signs, corresponding to the twelve constellations. However, scientists from NASA account for thirteen constellations and for a different alignment of the Sun than initially believed. One of the commonsensical conclusions is that there should be thirteen zodiac signs, also suggesting that the period assigned to some of them is wrong too.
Constellations are groups of stars, and the zodiac tradition dates back to ancient peoples, such as Babylonians. People are assigned a certain constellation function of the day they were born and the group of stars lying behind the Sun that day. The conventional twelve zodiac signs are Pisces, Arias, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius. This is their order from spring to winter, and their names are in Latin, suggesting the shapes that the groups of stars draw on the sky.
The thirteenth constellation, hence zodiac sign, discovered by NASA is called Ophiuchus. Scientists state that assigning each zodiac sign the same number of days sets the wrong prediction about the Sun’s and stars’ behavior. This means that some of the zodiac signs should be assigned fewer days than others, and this is how a thirteenth sign can find its’ way in the calendar.
The new change can be triggered by changes in the Earth’s movement across the centuries. However, NASA specialists claim that the common knowledge about astrological signs is not based on accurate scientific evidence.
NASA experts rely their statement on calculations and analyses of the Sun’s position. According to their data, the Sun can spend as much as a week in some of the constellations, while in others can spent more than a month. This behavior of the stars has certainly changed the zodiac sign you though it was right for you.
However, many people think that astrological signs are just a fun-fact, so we might as well take it for granted. The important scientific fact resides on the movement of the Earth, and the behavior of the Sun and stars.
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