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Ophiuchus: The 13th zodiac sign – which means that most of us have probably been reading the wrong horoscope
Last year, NASA pointed out an error that there were actually 13 and not 12 zodiac signs. The new zodiac calendar released by the space agency also has a few other changes. In some cases, the dates have also been changed, reflecting the actual time the Sun spends aligned with each constellation, which has changed a lot since the time the Babylonians came up with the concept of zodiac signs, owing to the Earth's tilt.

For example, Scorpio, only takes up 7 days in a year and not a whole month. The new and 13th zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, takes up 19 days. NASA also made it clear that there was a world of difference between astronomy and astrology. While astronomy is a science of studying heavenly bodies, astrology is a historical lie mankind has been telling itself ever since the Babylonians discovered the zodiac signs. After all, how could stars and planets located millions of light years aways influence the people's lives on Earth!

NASA also said that they could not be blamed for the Babylonians screwing up the zodiac calendar. The Babylonians conveniently and purposely left out one constellation out of their calendar since it was more convenient the fit 12 lunar cycles per year. But according to NASA's new calendar, many Scorpions are now Libra, for example.

The new constellation, Ophiuchus, which is known as "snake bearer" in astrological terms, is located between the constellations Aquila, Serpens and Hercules, northwest of the Milky Way. On the south side of Ophiuchus, is Scorpius to the west and Sagittarius to the east. The constellation can be clearly seen in the northern hemisphere during summers, just opposite to the Orion constellation. However, since the constellation remains mostly invisible during the winters in most latitudes, the Babylonians decided to give it a skip and allot the other 12 zodiac signs a month each of the 12-month lunar calendar. Also located inside Ophiuchus is the Bernard's Star, which is he third closest star to our solar system.

So technically speaking, if you were born between November 29 and December 17, you've been living a lie till now and reading the wrong horoscope. Since unlike men, all constellation were not created equal, the Sun does not spend the same amount of time in each constellation. For example, the Sun aligns with the Ophiuchus for around 19 days and remains in Virgo for 75 days. Moreover, in the past 3,000 years, the Earth's axis has also shifted, which means that the number of days the Sun aligns with each zodiac sign has also changed. This further translates into the fact that almost 86 per cent of us have been identifying ourselves with the wrong zodiac sign.

According to astrology, people born under the zodiac sign Ophiuchus, are thought to be seekers of knowledge and like to dress flamboyantly. Ophiuchans are also considered to be great builders or architects.

Here's the new zodiac calendar according to NASA:

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 – 29

Ophiuchus: November 29 – December 17

Sagittarius: December 17 – January 20

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