No, NASA hasn’t changed the zodiac signs or added a new one…
Seriously? This again?
Over the weekend I started seeing links to articles claiming that NASA has changed the signs of the zodiac. I knew immediately what this was about, even as I was scratching my head about a) how this is news, and b) how short people’s memories are.
I found a few articles about this NASA “news” here and there; there’s one on Yahoo that has the headline, “Your Astrological Sign Just Changed, Thanks To NASA”. The first paragraph alone is burdened with quite a few scientific errors:
“We don’t want to be dramatic, but NASA just ruined our lives. For the first time in 3,000 years, they’ve decided to update the astrological signs. This means that the majority of us are about to experience a total identity crisis. Apparently, these changes are due to the fact that the constellations are not in the same position in the sky that they once were, and the star signs are about a month off now, as a result. To further confuse things, there is now a new, 13th sign, called Ophiuchus, which those born between November 29 and December 17 are lucky enough to have to learn to pronounce.”
Cripes. No, no, and no. First off, NASA did not “update the astrological signs”. Second, the constellations haven’t changed. And third, Ophiuchus is an ancient constellation, identified by the Greeks thousands of years ago.
So what’s the deal? Well, before we even get started, keep this in mind: astrology isn’t science; it’s nonsense. It’s been tested 10 ways to Sunday and every time it fails. Even astrologers have come up with tests for it, and it has failed those. Astrology doesn’t work.
Despite that, lots of people believe in it. That’s why I wrote a lengthy and detailed debunking of astrology.
to be honest, i was kinda freaking out a little bit last week too, over this whole “new zodiac!” thing… which is odd, since i’ve never really given two shits about my zodiac sign or put much stock into it anyways — but the fact is, i’ve been a Pisces my entire life.
until last week, when my sister pinged me about it and asked, “Hey bro, how’s it feel to be a Sagittarius now?!”
Ummm… yeah… what… the… fuck…
been trying to ignore it ever since.