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NASA needs to stop playing with star signs

27 September 2016

Are our zodiac signs changing or not?

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

Are our zodiac signs changing or not? Do we need to update our Tinder profiles?!

In astrology news this week, the Earth has wobbled on its axis and we are all having an identity crisis.

A blog post from NASA sent horoscope readers into a spin when it called out our current star signs. Apparently, the position of the constellations has changed, along with the dates of each star sign. But what will happen to all the Instagram accounts with funny posts on your personality and squad style based on your star sign?

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Apparently we have the Babylonians to blame. They created the zodiac signs 3,000 years ago and decided to keep things nice and simple and only use 13 out of a possible 23! And, with there only been 12 months in our calendar year, they left out the bad-assly named Ophiuchus. Known as a ‘snake bearer’, Ophiuchus people are seekers of knowledge and flamboyant dresses. Why would you leave this one out?! Just sayin’…

But now, NASA has said nothing is changing. Wait, what? We’ve just be freaking out about having to become a snake person, only to be told that NASA was just kidding?

In true scientist style, a NASA spokesperson said in a statement: “We didn’t change any Zodiac signs, we just did the math… NASA studies astronomy, not astrology.”

Astrology is not an exact science, unlike, you know, science – so it’s up to you whether  you follow these new constellations or stick with your usual zodiac sign.

If you are curious, here are the “new” star signs:

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

Words: Jessica-Belle Greer

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