Astronomer says zodiac signs changed dates; CNN news blog says no

Professor Parke Kunkle of the Minnesota Planetarium Society said zodiac signs have changed because the Earth’s equatorial alignment has changed over the years, Fox 9 reported yesterday. "Right now, it’s pointing this way, the North Star, but in 3000 BC it was pointing differently... Now things have moved and the sun is in a different constellation. We’re about a whole constellation off," Kunkle said.

The new zodiac sign Ophiuchus, the snake-holder, "has been a constellation for years and just gets left out," Kunkle added.

According to Huffington Post, the new zodiac sign dates are:

Capricorn: January 20 - February 16
Aquarius: February 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 - May 13
Taurus: May 13 - June 21
Gemini: June 21 - July 20
Cancer: July 20 - August 10
Leo: August 10 - September 16
Virgo: September 16 - October 30
Libra: October 30 - November 23
Scorpio: November 23 - November 29
Ophiuchus: November 29 - December 17
Sagittarius: December 17 - January 20

However, CNN news blog "This Just In" reported, "If (astrology fans) adhered to the tropical zodiac-which, if they’re a Westerner, they probably did-absolutely nothing has changed for them."

According to the news blog, "The tropical zodiac-which is fixed to seasons, and which Western astrology adheres to-differs from the sidereal zodiac-which is fixed to constellations and is followed more in the East."


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