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Zodiac Constellations

There's a fine line between astrology and astronomy, and when do you cross it when you talk about the Zodiac Constellations?

Carly Pedersen

on 20 January 2011

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Transcript of Zodiac Constellations

Astronomy vs. Astrology Astronomy and Astrology are very similar - besides
just a few letters difference.
The main difference is that astrology is based on beliefs that are set with a group of stars.
Astronomy is backed up with facts, and astronomy has given us insight into
stars, the planets, the moon, and other celestial objects in the sky. Astronomy equals facts, to put it simply. There are facts and many, many, many redone studies to prove them and make sure they're accurate, and make advances everyday, expanding our space knowledge. So is the Zodiac part of Astrology or Astronomy? Although Astrology almost literally means 'science of the stars', it is not, I repeat,
IT IS NOT a science. Astrology is based upon logical guesses and people observing the stars.
Astrology has no evidence, no structure to back up its theories. The answer is both. The zodiac will always be part of Astrology, with star signs, but it will always be part of Astronomy as the zodiac have their own constellations. What!? They both sound so similar! How can you define the two? Here's one way to split it up.
1) The stars - the names, where they are, what they're made of, ect.
2) The locations of the stars and how far away they are
3) When the constellations are best seen

1) The myths behind the constellations
2) The birthdates for the zodiac signs
3) The effects of the zodiac constellations when you speak of the Zodiac Here, take some examples. Zeta Tauri -
Representing one of the bull's horns. This star is about 417 lightyears away. Alnath - otherwise known as Beta Tauri.
Omicorn Tauri - this star is about 212 light years from earth. Gamma Tauri - it is about 154 light years away from earth. <script type="text/javascript">function changeButton2211(){document.getElementById('convertButton2211').style.backgroundImage="url(http://www.metric-conversions.org/img/calcButton.jpg)";}function changeBack2211(){document.getElementById('convertButton2211').style.backgroundImage="none";}function convert2211(){var arguement=(document.inputForm2211.arguement.value-0);arguement=(arguement-0);arguement=(arguement*9454254955488000);arguement=(arguement/1609.344);arguement=(arguement+0);arguement= Math.round(arguement*1000)/1000;document.inputForm2211.result.value= arguement+' mi.';}</script><form name="inputForm2211" id="inputForm2211"><div style="background-image:url(http://www.metric-conversions.org/img/calcTool.jpg);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-color:#000000;height:180px;width:250px;"><a href="http://www.metric-conversions.org/length/lightyears-to-miles.htm" target="_blank" style="position:relative;display:block;width:240px;padding:8px 0 0 0;margin:0 0 0 0;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;text-align:center;color:#FFFFFF;text-decoration:none;">Lightyears to Miles</a><input type="text" name="arguement" id="arguement" style="background-image:url(http://www.metric-conversions.org/img/calcIP.jpg);width:207px;height:32px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:24px;font-weight:bold;border:0px;position:relative;top:20px; left:21px; line-height: 34px;padding:0 0 0 0;margin:0 0 0 0;" value="Enter value here" onfocus="javascript:this.value='';" /><div id="convertButton2211" style="position:relative;display:block;height:30px;width:105px;top:26px;left:124px;padding:0 0 0 0;margin:0 0 0 0;border:0px;z-index:2;cursor:pointer;" onmouseover="javascript:changeButton2211();" onmouseout="javascript:changeBack2211();" onclick="javascript:convert2211();"></div><input id="result" type="text" name="arg" style="background-image:url(http://www.metric-conversions.org/img/calcIP.jpg);width:207px;height:32px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:24px;font-weight:bold;border:0px;position:relative;top:32px; left:21px; line-height: 34px;padding:0 0 0 0;margin:0 0 0 0;" value="" readonly="readonly" /><span style="position:relative;display:block;top:44px;left:4px;width:240px;padding:0 0 0 0;margin:0 0 0 0;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;text-align:center;color:#FFFFFF;text-decoration:none;">provided by www.metric-conversions.org</span></div></form> Aldebaran/Alpha Tauri -
70 Lightyears away. Best seen in January THE ZODIAC In this Prezi: This is an example of an astronomy Zodiac (with stars, star names, light years, ect.) 1 light year = 5.8 million miles. Here's an example of a astrology piece. Aquarius Good Traits:
Friendly and humanitarian
Lively, Honest and loyal
Original and inventive
Independent and intellectual
Like to be different Aquarius Bad Traits:
Intractable and contrary
Unemotional and detached
Chaotic and rebellious Birthdays from January 20th - Febuary 18th. Aquarius is the sign of the water-bearer. The myths go as somebody was taken into the heavens to bear water for the gods. Although the myth concerns water, Aquarius is the air sign. Astrology is all about the effects of stars on people, and apparently every person born under that sign has the same personality to a certain degree (the traits that are usually listed with your star sign). Do you see the differences? Astrology is mostly the study of what effects the stars have on people intertwined with myth. What is written in astology is centuries of research compiled together to one common end.
As for astronomy, there is proof. It's hard to deny the facts when there are stars shining up in the heavens, which is a main part of astronomy. In the end, it gets down to this -
Astronomy is fact. Is truth. Is proven, is real.
Astrology is not proven, is just many years of closely observing.
May or may not be real.
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