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Why do people think Zodiac signs are part of astronomy?

Research by Kaya Clough, Year 7.

A common mistake that many people make is believing that astrology, and signs of the Zodiac are part of astronomy. But this is far from the truth!

The zodiac is defined by the annual path of the sun across the sky. Signs of the Zodiac are made of 12 signs of the horoscope, and these are closely linked to the Earth's movement through space. The signs are set out like constellations, which mark the path of which the sun appears to travel over the course of a year

Astrology has been practiced for thousands of years, as early as 2000 BC. It is based on the position of stars and planets, and how they affect humans on Earth. Someone who practices astrology believes that your star sign helps shape your personality, and even world events. But this is not based in scientific fact.

Astronomy on the other hand is the study of everything in space, including the physics, chemistry and hopefully biology of space. As NASA says: "No one has shown that astrology can be used to predict the future or describe what people are like based only on their birth date."

"Still, like reading fantasy stories, many people enjoy reading their 'astrological forecast' or 'horoscope' in the newspaper every day."

If you are interested in learning more about astronomy, you can join the Astronomy Club at Darwen Vale! Ask your form tutor for more information.

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