16 September 2016

So called 'New' Horoscope

Today, Apple News pushed silly news saying how NASA changed Astrological signs.
I wanted to vomit.
No, NASA did not change signs. They were incorrect for centuries. The author of this article just found what Astrophysicist were telling for years. If you do not believe me, look at this article written by Neil deGrasse Tyson in 1994.
The horoscope as you know it was correct during the Ancient Roman times. Meaning, you belonged to Aries if you are born between March 23 and April 20 (or something like that) because Sun appeared to be aligned with that particular constellation during that period.
The problem is Earth wobbles, and that causes constellations to move across our night sky. You cannot notice the movement. Actually, it is so slight that it takes generations and loads of careful observing to notice they moved. Moreover, our calendars are not really exact. Remember, the calendar we use today is already once changed. And there is a need to make another change. So those dates that determine which astrological sign are you, are shifted.
In her lament about the 'new' horoscope, the author included only 1 other constellation into her 'new' horoscope, but there are 2 more. 14 in total. Author of that Apple news article skipped Cetus, a constellation that dips into Pisces.
Anyway, here are the dates Apple's article provided. No mention of Cetus. My guess it is hard to include Cetus because then we would have two intervals for Pisces.
Capricorn January 20 – February 16
Aquarius February 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 – August 10
Leo August 10 – September 16
Virgo September 16 – October 30
Libra October 30 – November 23
Scorpio November 23 – November 29
Ophiuchus November 29 –December 17
Sagittarius December 17 – January 20
While you ponder to which new sign you belong, and are you Cetus or not, think about the little experiment Tyson did with his students, where one-third of the class declared that horoscope is their own, and none of them was actually from that sign.
The positions of the chairs in your home have more influence on your life than a position of planets and planetary satellites in a Solar system. (And yes, this includes the Sun and the Moon too, because it just seems to us that planets move through constellations due to the orbiting of the Earth and other planets around the Sun.)

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