Air New Zealand wrongly claims NASA 'added a new star sign to the zodiac'

NASA has nothing to do with astrology.
NASA has nothing to do with astrology. Photo credit: Newshub.

A post on Air New Zealand's Grabaseat Facebook page has captured the attention of many, but not for the intended reason.

The post shows a chart with what are apparently new dates for the zodiac family of star signs, after - as the post claims - NASA added a new star sign to the family.

Ophiuchus, the 'new' sign of the zodiac, was recognised as a constellation by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1930.

The Grabaseat post says as a result of Ophiuchus' arrival, dates of the traditional star signs have changed.

NASA recently tweeted it had heard reports of a new star sign, and set to set the record straight.

"No, we did not change the zodiac. When the Babylonians invented the constellations 3000 years ago, they chose to leave out a 13th sign."

Many of those commenting on Grabaseat's post agreed.

"Why are you dragging this old bit of news out? I remember this whole 'new star sign' palava was doing the rounds at least 10 years ago," one person claimed.

"It's a bloody constellation not a sign!!!" said Sha Lay.

Josh Kirkley from Auckland's StarDome Observatory told Newshub NASA has nothing to do with it.

"It's not really correct at all, no. Zodiac signs are somewhat topical due to the nature of them being associated with astrology. Ophiuchus was defined in 1930 by the IAU and is not 'new'' constellation," he said.

"NASA does not create any of the constellations in the sky, as they are all defined by the IAU and are from many cultures around the world. NASA also does not create star signs, as that is associated with astrology, not astronomy," Kirkley told Newshub.

Air New Zealand has been contacted for comment.