Netizens went gaga and had mixed reactions over the apparent “news” about NASA discovering a 13th zodiac sign called Ophiuchus. But no, you wouldn’t just suddenly adapt a Gemini’s attitude, okay? It doesn’t work like that.
It was immediately debunked as it was discovered that that information was based on a 2016 NASA research that resurfaces every few years. This time, NASA have had it and decided to give some clarifications.
On Twitter, the space agency said, “We see your comments about a zodiac story that re-emerges every few years. No, we did not change the zodiac. When the Babylonians invented the constellations 3,000 years ago, they chose to leave out a 13th sign.”
Ophiuchus has always been there, in existence, says NASA. However, the Babylonians divided the zodiac into 12 equal parts, and assigned a constellation to each.
“But even according to the Babylonians’ own ancient stories, there were 13 constellations in the zodiac. So they 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 crossed over into the next one,” NASA further stated. “To make a tidy match with their 12-month calendar, the Babylonians ignored the fact that the sun actually moves through 13 constellations, not 12. Then they assigned each of those 12 constellations equal amounts of time.”
Putting an end to these misconceptions, NASA concluded with a simple yet powerful statement: “We didn’t change any zodiac signs…we just did the math.”