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15 July 2020, 10:40 | Updated: 15 July 2020, 11:15
The introduction of a new star sign has thrown the existing ones a little out of whack. Here’s your actual horoscope according to NASA...
It turns out that the Babylonians, who invented the zodiac signs more than 3,000 years ago, chose to intentionally ignore the the thirteenth zodiac sign, 'Ophiuchus' (which means 'serpent-bearer').
And now, because of the thousands of years which have passed since they were first devised, the sky has also shifted because Earth’s axis (the North Pole) doesn’t really point in the same direction anymore.
When the Babylonians first created the zodiac signs thousands of years ago, it was probably because they felt the changing positions of the constellations throughout the year was important to the people on Earth.
They divided the zodiac into 12 equal parts – which fit perfectly with their 12-month calendar based on the phases of the Moon.
But, as NASA explains, the Babylonians were aware at the time that 13 signs existed, not 12: "So the Babylonians picked one, Ophiuchus, to leave out."
They ignored that the Sun actually moves through 13 constellations, so they could assign the existing star signs an equal amount of time.
"Besides the 12 familiar constellations of the zodiac, the Sun is also aligned with Ophiuchus for about 18 days each year," NASA has clarified.
According to The Sun, these are the dates of the 13 star signs including Ophiuchus.
Capricorn: January 20 to February 16
Aquarius: February 16 to March 11
Pisces: March 11 to April 18
Aries: April 18 to May 13
Taurus: May 13 to June 21
Gemini: June 21 to July 20
Cancer: July 20 to August 10
Leo: August 10 to September 16
Virgo: September 16 to October 30
Libra: October 30 to November 23
Scorpio: November 23 to November 29
Ophiuchus: November 29 to December 17
Sagittarius: December 17 to January 20