How will you react if we tell you that there is a new zodiac sign? You think we are kidding, no we aren’t. According to reports, NASA updated the horoscope database and for the first time in 2,000 years, a new Zodiac sign was recognised. Believe us, we are also equally baffled as you are! In January this year, NASA published a blog post telling us that there were, in fact, 13 constellations as opposed to the 12 we have been following.
According to the blog post, about 3,000 years ago the Babylonians divided the zodiac into 12 equal parts according to the 12-month calendar that they already had. This calendar was based on the phases of the Moon. In that, “each month got a slice of the zodiac all to itself.” However, the shocking blog post reveals that “even according to the Babylonians’ own ancient stories, there were 13 constellations in the zodiac.” The 13th constellation in question here, is known as Ophiuchus. Not being able to accommodate this extra constellation into their lunar calendar, the Babylonians decided to leave Ophiuchus out!
The post explains, “When the Babylonians first invented the 12 signs of zodiac, a birthday between about July 23 and August 22 meant being born under the constellation Leo. Now, 3,000 years later, the sky has shifted because Earth’s axis (North Pole) doesn’t point in quite the same direction.” You will be surprised to know that apart from the 12 common constellations, the Sun also aligns with the benched Ophiuchus for about 18 days each year. So, for all those born in between November 29 and December 17, you have a new sign – Ophiuchus. Congratulations!