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For the Umpteenth Time No NASA Didn’t Change the Zodiac

17 Jul 2020, 16:18 UTC
For the Umpteenth Time No NASA Didn’t Change the Zodiac
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Come on everyone, no. Just…no.
NASA did not “change your star sign.” NASA neither creates “star signs” nor names or changes them.
This is because 1. that’s not NASA’s job, and 2. “star signs”—i.e., astrology—is junk science. (And that’s being grossly generous with the term “science.”)
These shenanigans pop up online now seemingly perennially, ever since the whole Ophiuchus thing in 2016. Long story short, a NASA educational site designed for children brought up constellations and the calendar and the signs of the zodiac (and what that all means) and mentioned that the constellation Ophiuchus was conveniently ignored by the ancient Babylonians, who set up the whole Sun-sign zodiac system that ended up in today’s popular culture as some sort of magical divination device. It then went on to explain how the movement of Earth’s orientation over time changes where the Sun appears to be in the sky in relation to the distant background stars in our galaxy, thus changing how it looks now versus how it would have appeared to Babylonian astrologers 3000 years ago. (That’s one of the many things we know now that they couldn’t have known then, thanks to science.)
Somehow—and I don’t know how—this got ...

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