December 11, 2018

The Strange Realms of 70 Ophiuchi.

In early 2011, astronomers “discovered”¯ a constellation. Well, not exactly; but if you were to believe the media, the “13th sign”¯ of the zodiac was a new one, at least to them. Hey, non-event it may be, but it was fun to see Ophiuchus trend, as folks pondered the realm of the serpent bearer and wondered exactly what the horoscope of a person born under such an arcane sign could be. The truth is that the Sun has been known to past through 13 constellations since the boundaries of the 88 modern constellations were formalized by the International Astronomical Union in 1922, and the Moon can appear in 18 of them! (Can you name the 6 non-zodiacal signs?) [Read more...]