The Zodiac Constellation

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The zodiac

Children and adults around the world love gazing at the stars, seeking out groupings they have been told about or recreating their own. But these same collections that can provide amusement and joy likely originated as instruments to help people mark the time of year. Today, these star constellations continue to stand as tools for astronomers and stargazers.

The problem with linking the astronomical constellations with astrology to give the latter a more “scientific” foundation is a simple one: the constellations themselves aren’t real. They are groups of stars that appear to be close to each other, arbitrarily named after different objects, animals, or figures from mythology by human observers at some point in history.

Zodiac constellations are constellations that lie along the plane of the ecliptic, which is defined by the circular path of the Sun across the sky, as seen from Earth. In other words, the Sun appears…

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