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the zodiacal constellations today

Medellin, June 2010

The Zodiacal Constellations today

A constellation is a group of stars that, after uniting with imaginary lines its main stars, a figure is formed and seen from the earth on the sky vault.

Today science and Western culture recognizes 88 constellations, of which 13 are apparently crossed by the Sun throughout the year. The latter are called constellations of the zodiac, because most of them are named with names of animals.

The reason is the following: during the whole day the Sun follows an apparent trajectory in the sky (from the dawn until the decline), the trajectory that the Sun marks receives the name of Ecliptic.

True Ecliptic is the ellipse on which the earth moves around the Sun. Every day, when we look at the Sun, although we do not see stars, they will be there behind the Sun and this is inhabiting a constellation of the Zodiac. To the extent that the earth moves on the ecliptic every day, the Sun will be changing its positions on zodiacal constellations, until the full year, it returns to the initial zodiacal constellation. Figure 1

The constellations that are crossed by the ecliptic, are called constellations of the zodiac and up to recent time it was believed that the Constellations of the Traditional Zodiac were 12.

The traditional Zodiac Constellations are 12 and to each one has been assigned a duration of approximately 30days (which is erroneous, since the time the Sun takes to pass through each one of the constellations is different.

On March 21, which is the day when spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere, at 12M, the Sun is on a point called point of Aries, which at the time of the Greeks was in the constellation of Aries, but today, due to movement of the Sun in the galaxy, is in the constellation of Pisces.

The old and wrong constellations are:

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

As it is known, the universe is still in expansion and the Sun is moving along the Milky Way, and it has passed more than 1000 years since those constellations were named by the Greeks.. During this time, several changes have been given in our neighborhood of the Milky Way

The Current Zodiac

Figure 1 The zodiacal Constellations

Before the era of the Hubble telescope was believed that the zodiacal constellations were visited by the Sun on the following dates:

Aries: March 21 to April 20

Taurus: April 21 to May 21

Gemini: May 22 to June 21

Cancer: June 21 to July 23

Leo: July 24 to August 23

Virgo: August 24 to September 23

Libra: September 24 to October 23

Scorpio: October 24 to November 22.

Sagittarius: November 23 to December 21.

Capricorn: December 22 to January 20.

Aquarius: January 21 to February 19

Pisces: 20 February to 20 March.

Astrology, which is not recognized as a science, nor as a pseudoscience, bases its predictions on horoscopes, which in turn are mainly based on the date of the birth of the persons, to whom astrology assigns a zodiac sign, based on the wrong dates, in which Sun visited the zodiacal constellations.

If it is this way, in which the astral letter and the zodiacal predictions are based the predictions must be false. Therefore, the modern astrology is not only rejected by the Christianity, but also for the science.

The Constellations of the Zodiac at the present time are like it is indicated in the following table and in this way are accepted for the international astronomical union. Now there are not 12 but 13.

Sagittarius Dec 18 - Jan 18

Capricorn Jan 19 - Feb 15

Aquarius Feb 16 - Sea 11

Pisces Sea 12 - Apr 18

Aries Apr 19 - May 13

Taurus May 14 - Jun 19

Gemini Jun 20 - Jul 20

Cancer Jul 21 - Aug 9

Leo Aug 10 - Sep 15

Virgo Sep 16 - Oct 30

Libra Oct 31 - Nov 22

Scorpios Nov 23 - Nov 29

Ophiucus Nov 30 - Dec 17


The invention of the big telescopes of the last decades has only allowed to see the changes in the position of the constellations in the sky.

It has been supposed that between May 21 and June 21, the Sun, seen from the earth, was inside the boundaries of Gemini constellation. Nevertheless, that is not certain and in a large part of this time, Sun really is on the constellation of Taurus.

The star, different Sun, nearest to earth, is Proxima Centauri. Its distance to the earth is 4.2 years light. To the speed of the combat airplane quickest in the history, about 3000km/hour, we would take 1.5 million years to arrive there.

To put the scene on scale, if the Sun is represented for a soccer ball, Proxima Centauri would be, more or less, another soccer ball, but located to 10000 km of distance. That is to say a ball (Sun) in Bogotá and the other (Proxima Centauri) in Bucarest.

Between the two stars you will find only a hole filled with cosmic powder of very low density.

Will such a distant star be able to have some influence in our life and in our destination?

Will a horoscope based on erroneous data be able to have the minimum incidence in our life?

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