Earth's rotation causes new zodiac sign assignments

January 14, 2011
I'm in denial... Libra forever!

Astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society have found that the moon's gravitational pull on the Earth changed our planet's position in relation to its axis, making the original alignment of the stars, the basis for the zodiac signs, "off" by about a month. Thus, a thirteenth zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, was added to the original 12.

With the change, the birth days assigned to particular zodiac signs might not be accurate anymore.

Minnesota Planetarium Society board member Parke Kunkle said in an interview with Minnesota Star Tribune that the ancient Babylonians based zodiac signs on the constellations the Sun was "in" on the day a person was born.

Over time, the moon's gravitational pull has made the Earth "wobble" around its axis, creating a one-month bump in the stars' alignment.

"When [astrologers] say that the Sun is in Pisces, it's really not in Pisces," Kunkle said in the interview.

Because of additional one month in the cycle, the birthday classifications under each zodiac sign changed as follows:

# 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

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1 comment:

Jasmine Mah said...

Lolx.. I WAS a Libra.. But now, it turns out to be Virgo..I knew this during the last day of school

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