One of the fundamental foundations on which modern astrology is based is the zodiacal circle based on the movement of the stars. This movement changes the view of the zodiac from Earth, causing the constellations to slide from west to east for about 1 degree per human life. For the first time, this phenomenon, which was later called precession, was discovered by Hipparchus of Nicea in 150 BC, laying the foundation for the development of beliefs that the stars are capable of influencing the human character and even his fate. However, according to the portal theconversation.com, astrologers may be mistaken in determining the sign of the zodiac due to the banal ignorance of the real position of the stars in the night sky. So what is the reality in accordance with science?
How to determine your zodiac sign according to science?
When the concept of constellations was first born in Ancient Babylon, local scientists developed the world's first theory of the signs of the zodiac, each of which corresponded to a certain pattern of stars in the night sky. In the future, the ancient scientists endowed the resulting constellations with qualities that, in their opinion, had a direct impact on the fate of a person. The theory of the zodiac has taken root so much 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 precession, the equinox gradually moved to the constellation of Pisces, where it will remain until 2700. After another 25,800 years, the vernal equinox will eventually return to Aries, starting the original cycle over 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 became the trigger for the emergence of astronomy and physics. So, 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 on Earth. Be that as it may, modern astrology only distracts people's attention from quite real astronomical events that have 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 orbital inclinations. Scientists believe that on Earth, such changes could be seen in the form of ice ages or mass extinctions of living organisms on the planet, as, for example, in the case of the death of dinosaurs.
Interactions between the planets of the solar system can lead to a change in climatic conditions on them
In any case, if astronomical research ultimately makes it possible to predict many real events on a planetary scale, then astrological predictions in this regard are absolutely useless. In addition, the dates below, updated from a study of the position of the 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