On September 15, the British Cosmopolitan published a message that provoked a whole storm in women's gloss: referring to the American space administration NASA, the author of the article wrote that the department had updated data on the zodiac constellations, so 86% of people changed their zodiac sign. Most of all in this situation, those whose birthday fell on the period from November 29 to December 17 were unlucky: this time, according to "new data", refers to the 13th sign - Ophiuchus, about which astrologers know nothing.
It turned out that the news that caused such a stir among the compilers and readers of horoscopes was first published on the children's educational portal NASA SpacePlace in an article telling that astronomy and astrology are completely different things, and astrology cannot be called a science. Part of the material is devoted to the history of the study of the starry sky, which in ancient times was often associated with religion. The inhabitants of Babylon were the first to discover 13 zodiac constellations, including Ophiuchus: they decided to tie the constellation map to their calendar, which consisted of 12 months, which is why they had to get rid of Ophiuchus.
Scientists note that the actual picture of the zodiac is slightly different from that calculated 3000 years ago: this is due to the procession of the earth's axis, that is, its slow displacement with a cycle of 26 thousand years, which also affects the appearance of the starry sky.
“We didn't change any zodiac signs, we just did the calculations,” NASA spokesman Duane Brown told Gizmodo. "The article on Space Place was that astrology is not astronomy, it is a relic of ancient history." According to scientists, the appearance of the 13th sign did not affect the accuracy of horoscopes: it remained zero.