NASA discovers a 13th star sign, or not?
News of a 13th star sign has gone viral this week, though NASA has shut down the claims of their ‘discovery’. Ophiuchus, or the serpent-bearer, is the supposed 13th constellation said to fall between November 29 and December 17. The discovery of this 13th star sign caused upset for many horoscope amateurs and enthusiasts as it meant nearly everyone was moved one star sign as a result.
Though the information originally came to light last year in 2020, the news resurfaced again this April 2021, causing NASA to comment against claims of the new sign’s discovery. This is good news for anyone who liked their previous star sign – especially for any Scorpio’s whose star sign duration had been shortened to only seven days long as a consequence.
However, the Ophiuchus constellation is not new – it has been known about since the Babylonians first decided to construct the 12 star signs thousands of years ago. Ophiuchus was first recorded as being mentioned in 300 B.C, though the origin of the star signs dates back to roughly 2,500 years ago. Though recognised as a constellation for a long time, it was chosen by the Babylonians to be left out of the horoscope star signs as it did not correspond neatly with the 12 other designated sections.
Hence, Ophiuchus was left out of the zodiac despite having always been part of the Sun’s path. The story becomes more complicated however as due to the Earth’s rotation our astrology patterns do change over time – though not quite as drastically as the addition of a 13th star sign.
So don’t fear! Your zodiac sign has not changed. NASA squashed the recurring rumours of a 13th star sign with a Tweet to their official @NASA account: “We see your comments about a zodiac story that re-emerges every few years. No, we did not change the zodiac. When the Babylonians invented the constellations 3,000 years ago, they chose to leave out a 13th sign. So, we did the math: https://go.nasa.gov/3gZnBwK”