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14 July 2020 14:40

Experts at NASA have explained how zodiac signs were invented by the Babylonians more than 3,000 years ago.

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The sky is totally different from how it looked when the Babylonians invented the twelve signs nearly 3,000 years ago. A new star sign called Ophiuchus has been discovered - and the shocking finding has changed the zodiac dates entirely. Your star sign is determined by where the sun was in relation to a constellation on the day you were born. Ancient astrologers charted the path of the sun in twelve equal parts of 30 degrees each. The study of the relationship between these constellations' placements in the sky and the movement of the sun is what birthed the twelve signs.

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The Babylonians noted the constellation of Ophiuchus, the new sign, but it was too complicated to fit into their neat theory. But this means we might have all been reading the wrong horoscopes. Your star sign could have changed, but not everyone's has. For example, those who thought they were Aquarius are now Capricorn, and Taurus is now Aries. The constellations have changed since the creation of the Zodiac wheel, and each constellation has slightly shifted.

This movement along with the proven existence of Ophiuchus means the signs we all know have changed. The zodiac dates have changed in order to fit the 13th sign into the year. The new sign slots in between Scorpio and Sagittarius, meaning every other sign needs to shift to make room for it. You will notice that Virgo has a much longer period than thought, and Scorpio is only assigned a week. A NASA spokesman said: "The line from Earth through the sun points to Virgo for 45 days, but it points to Scorpius for only seven days. READ MORE- Horoscope career forecast: Jupiter and Saturn conjunction meaning? Sign up to FREE email alerts from GrimsbyLive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email NASA has claimed there are actually 13 zodiac signs – not 12 as stated by the Babylonians. Experts at NASA have explained how zodiac signs were invented by the Babylonians more than 3,000 years ago. They were invented in order to make sense of the world – a resurfaced blog post explains. The Babylonians divided the night sky into 12 sections to coincide with the 12 months in the year and 'invented' the constellations to create star signs. But after studying the movement of the sun in relation to the constellations, they realised their system didn't match up with the Earth's rotation. This is because they chose to leave out the 13th constellation known as Ophiuchus. (Image: Getty) The NASA experts explained: "According to the Babylonians' own ancient stories, there were 13 constellations in the zodiac. Other cultures and traditions have recognised as many as 24 constellations in the zodiac. "So the Babylonians 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 slopped over into the next one." Zodiac: The 12 star signs The 12 star signs explained by the Babylonians: Capricorn: December 22 – January 20 December 22 – January 20 Aquarius: January 21 – February 18 January 21 – February 18 Pisces: February 19 - March 20 February 19 - March 20 Aries: March 21 - April 20 March 21 - April 20 Taurus: April 21 – May 21 April 21 – May 21 Gemini: May 22 - June 21 May 22 - June 21 Cancer: June 22 – July 22 June 22 – July 22 Leo: July 23 - August 23 July 23 - August 23 Virgo: August 24 - September 22: August 24 - September 22 Libra: September 23 – October 23 September 23 – October 23 Scorpio: October 24 - November 22 October 24 - November 22 Sagittarius: November 23 – December 21 When the Babylonians invented the 12 signs of zodiac, a birthday between July 23 and August 22 would have come under the constellation of Leo. But now, 3,000 years later, the sky has shifted because the Earth's axis doesn't point in quite the same direction – meaning a person who celebrates their birthday on August 4 would be 'under the sign of Cancer' – one constellation 'earlier', not Leo. Zodiac: The 13 star signs The 13 star signs as explained by NASA - including Ophiuchus: Capricorn: January 20th to February 16th January 20th to February 16th Aquarius: February 16th to March 11th February 16th to March 11th Pisces: March 11th to April 18th March 11th to April 18th Aries: April 18th to May 13th April 18th to May 13th Taurus: May 13th to June 21st May 13th to June 21st Gemini: June 21st to July 20th June 21st to July 20th Cancer: July 20th to August 10th July 20th to August 10th Leo: August 10th to September 16th August 10th to September 16th Virgo: September 16th to October 30th September 16th to October 30th Libra: October 30th to November 23rd October 30th to November 23rd Scorpio: November 23rd to November 29th November 23rd to November 29th Ophiuchus: November 29th to December 17th November 29th to December 17th Sagittarius: December 17th to January 20th The NASA expert added: "The constellations are different sizes and shapes, so the sun spends different lengths of time lined up with each one. "The line from Earth through the Sun points to Virgo for 45 days, but it points to Scorpius for only 7 days. "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. Besides the 12 familiar constellations of the zodiac, the Sun is also aligned with Ophiuchus for about 18 days each year."