The brewing crisis among star sign lovers and followers since last week was a sort of annoyance at NASA for overstepping into something that is astrology and not astronomy. Cosmopolitan report based on children’s science page on NASA website has all the sourcing problem and Gizmodo effort to sanitize NASA from the brouhaha returned no less compassion.
Finally the US space agency has turned to Tumblr on Monday ascertaining that no one should be having an identity crisis over the 13th Zodiac sign Ophiuchus that may shift many Saggittarians to the new.
“Here at NASA, we study astronomy, not astrology,” said NASA in the post, adding, “We didn’t change any zodiac signs, we just did the math.”
The controversy stirred up with articles headlined, “Don’t Freak Out, But Your Star Sign Has Probably Changed,” and, “Your Astrological Sign Just Changed, Thanks To NASA” and "Celebrities Under Ne Star Sign Ophiuchus" — has added up to the controversy which has failed to die since 2011.
NASA has gone ahead to explain the science behind the Zodiac sign and posted in its Tumblr post, that the origin of the zodiac was traceable to more than 3,000 years when the ancient Babylonians created 13 out 50 constellations, including Ophiuchus. From the final 13, they deleted for convenience the 13th Zodiac sign Ophiuchus and retained 12 to suit the lunar calendar they were alredy following.
In the last 3,000 years, the earth’s axis has changed position and it is scientifically true that it is not pointing in the same direction now. This was not done by NASA but way back in the 1970s, some astrologers and astronomers came out with this reasoning to dump the essence of astrology.
Infuriated astrologers have continued to dismiss the axis change as it may forfeit their daily bread and force them to innovate new astrology, new charts and find out new traits for the 13th Zodiac sign Ophiuchus.
The writing on the wall is that NASA doesn’t care about your star sign and you probably shouldn’t either. Let astrologers decide whether they assign new star sign to their customers born in the Ophiuchus time frame of Nov. 29 to Dec 19.