Tuesday, October 13, 2009


All of the planets in our solar system orbit the sun in a band of the sky known as the Ecliptic. Ancient astronomers divided the stars in the ecliptic in to 12 constellations. Most of these constellations are named for animals or mythological creatures, so Greeks gave this band of stars the name Zodiac, meaning “Circle of animals.” The zodiac is used in astrology, the belief that the planets’ positions can influence the future. Astrology is not the same thing as astronomy, the scientific study of the universe. Astrology has no scientific basis at all.

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