Horoscope fans with star sign tattoos left livid after NASA ‘changes the dates’
If you follow star signs and love reading horoscopes, you’ll probably know all about the 12 signs of the zodiac.
But did you know about the 13th one?
Well it turns out not a lot of people did, but back in 2016, NASA published a blog post claiming its existence.
The mysterious sign, discovered by the Babylonians is called Ophiuchus and according to NASA it would be the star sign for those born between November 29 and December 17 if it were in use.
NASA explained: “The Babylonians lived over 3,000 years ago. They divided the zodiac into 12 equal parts – like cutting a pizza into 12 equal slices.
“They picked 12 constellations in the zodiac, one for each of the 12 ‘slices’.”
They continued: “According to the Babylonians’ own ancient stories, there were 13 constellations in the zodiac. (Other cultures and traditions have recognized as many as 24 constellations in the zodiac.) So the Babylonians picked one, Ophiuchus, to leave out.
“Even then, some of the chosen 12 didn’t fit neatly into their assigned slice of the pie and slopped over into the next one.”
But had the 13th sign been left in, the other dates for signs throughout the year would shift – meaning your star sign could have been totally different.
This idea freaked out a number of horoscope fans – especially those who strongly identified with their star sign, so much so, they had it tattooed on their body.
Furious people took to Twitter to complain, with one writing: “Can someone explain to me why NASA is now telling us there’s a 13th star sign n av now just been bumped from Sagittarius to the new one WHEN AV GOT THE SAG STAR SIGN TATTOOED ON MY ANKLE.”
Another said: “As if NASA have changed the star sign dates and I’ve got a Scorpio tattoo on my wrist and now I’m a F**KING LIBRA I hAvE tHaT fOr LiFe.”
A third tweeted: “So NASA has changed their star sign chart thing, I used to be a Libra but now I’m Virgo anyways so the libra TATTOO on my arm is now irrelevant.”
Others decided they were just going to ignore the 13th sign, with someone else commenting: “Right let’s all just agree we’re not going to listen to NASA on this new star sign business.”
A different user replied: “No offence NASA, I know you’re like good at science of whatever, but I’m not changing my star sign.”
However some people argued NASA were not the experts on the matter.
“NASA deals with astronomy… not astrology ones a recognised scientific field another one is pseudoscience,” pointed out one unimpressed user.
A second added: “NASA has nothing to do with astrology, the Babylonians created astrology based on 12/88 constellations because the sky is divided by 12 full moons so…”
Either way, it seems everyone is getting a little worked up over nothing.
Ophiuchus is not an official sign of the zodiac, so none of the star signs have actually changed.
This is simply a look at what could have been…
13 star signs and their dates if Ophiuchus was an official horoscope
- Capricorn – was December 22 to January 20 but is now believed to be January 20 to February 16
- Aquarius – was January 21 to February 18 but is now believed to be February 16 to March 11
- Pisces – was February 19 to March 20 but is now believed to be March 11 to April 18
- Aries – was March 21 to April 20 but is now believed to be April 18 to May 13
- Taurus – was April 21 to May 21 but is now believed to be May 13 to June 21
- Gemini – was May 22 to June 21 but is now believed to be June 21 to July 20
- Cancer – was June 22 to July 22 but is now believed to be July 20 to August 10
- Leo – was July 23 to August 23 but is now believed to be August 10 to September 16
- Virgo – was August 24 to September 22 but is now believed to be September 16 to October 30
- Libra – was September 23 to October 23 but is now believed to be October 30 to November 23
- Scorpio – was October 24 to November 22 but is now believed to be November 23 to November 29
- Ophiuchus – believed to be November 29 to December 17
- Sagittarius – was November 23 to December 21 but is now believed to be December 17 to January 20