Are the Zodiac Signs Really Changing?

And what is an Ophiuchus?

If you’re into horoscopes and astrology, then be prepared for your world to be seriously rocked: NASA announced earlier this year that they were changing the whole zodiac system, according to a recent report. WTF.

Awesomeness continues after advertisement

Turns out NASA went ahead and changed dates for each zodiac sign (!!), and if that wasn’t bad enough, they even went ahead and added a whole NEW sign to the mix. Yes, for those born between November 29 and December 17, you are no longer a Sagittarius but something called an Ophiuchus (bonus points if you actually know how to pronounce this), which is basically a dude holding a snake.

So why did they do this? Because Earth is a little different since the Babylonians created the zodiac over 3,000 years ago, and, according to NASA’s website, “The sky has shifted because Earth’s axis (North Pole) doesn’t point in quite the same direction.”

But before you freak out about and question who you are and whether the stars are aligned or not, it seems that the zodiac world remains intact after all.

Awesomeness continues after advertisement

>

As a NASA spokesperson told Gizmodo this week: “We didn’t change any Zodiac signs, we just did the math. The Space Place article was about how astrology is not astronomy, how it was a relic of ancient history, and pointed out the science and math that did come from observations of the night sky.”

Phew!

Just another reminder that astronomy is NOT astrology.