One of the fundamental foundations on which modern astrology is based is the zodiac circle based on the movement of stars. This movement changes the appearance of the zodiac from Earth, causing the constellations to glide from west to east by about 1 degree in human life.
For the first time, this phenomenon, which was later called precession, was discovered by Hipparchus of Nicaea in 150 BC, laying the foundation for the development of beliefs that stars can influence the human character and even its fate. However, according to theconversation.com , astrologers may be mistaken in determining the zodiac sign due to the banal ignorance of the real position of the stars in the night sky. So what is the situation in reality in accordance with science?
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When the concept of constellations first appeared in Ancient Babylon, local scientists developed the world’s first theory of zodiac signs, each of which corresponded to a certain pattern of stars in the night sky. Later, ancient scientists endowed the constellations obtained with qualities that, in their opinion, had a direct impact on the fate of man. The theory of the zodiac has so taken root among the local population that it has survived to this day and even developed into a kind of “scientific knowledge” – astrology.
So, it is still believed that every person on the planet was born under the influence of a certain sign, if at the time of his birth the Sun was in the corresponding constellation. It is known that in ancient times the vernal equinox, and at the same time the first day of spring, fell on the constellation Aries. However, after several thousand years, as a result of the precession, the equinox gradually moved to the constellation Pisces, where it will remain until 2700. After another 25,800 years, the vernal equinox will eventually return to Aries, starting the initial cycle again.
Despite the fact that astrology and its predictions of fate have nothing to do with official science, it was its development that at one time was the trigger for the advent of astronomy and physics. Thus, the great Johannes Kepler, after whom the famous space telescope was named, at one time actively studied astrology and the influence of planets on events taking place on Earth. Be that as it may, modern astrology only distracts people’s attention from very real astronomical events having a direct impact on the life of an individual. It is known that the mutual gravitational influence of the planets of the solar system can cause changes in their shape, size and inclination of the orbits. Scientists believe that on Earth such changes could be seen in the form of ice ages or mass extinctions of the living organisms of the planet, as, for example, in the case of the death of dinosaurs.
In any case, if astronomical research ultimately allows us to predict many real events of planetary scale, then astrological predictions in this regard are absolutely useless. In addition, the dates presented below, updated by studying the location of modern zodiac constellations in relation to the Sun, show that our beliefs about the duration of the familiar zodiac signs were very outdated a couple of thousand years ago.
Pisces – March 12 – April 18
Aries – April 19 – May 14
Taurus – May 15 – June 20
Gemini – June 21 – July 20
Cancer – July 21 – August 10
Leo – August 11 – September 16
Virgo – September 17 – October 31
Libra – November 1 – November 24
Scorpio – November 25 – December 17
Sagittarius – December 18 – January 19
Capricorn – January 20 – February 16
Aquarius – February 17 – March 11
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