Astronomy and Astrology: The Connection and the Explanation

By Suzannah Young

NASA wants you to know that astrology is not real, and you should stop reading your horoscope.

“Astronomy is the scientific study of everything in outer space,” stated Constellations and the Calendar, a 2020 article published by NASA. “Astrology is not science.”

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In the article, NASA explains that throughout history, people have looked at the stars to make sense of the earth and its movements via constellations and other patterns that can be seen by making observations about changes in the sky.

Barry University professor of physics, Maurizio Giannotti, further explains, “Astronomy is the science that studies celestial objects in the universe. This is a science and, as such, is based on experimental evidence and observations and it is falsifiable.”

NASA insists that the positions of celestial bodies have absolutely no effect on human behavior or existence.

However, despite the lack of scientific backing, astrology remains a popular and strongly defended ideology.

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“I believe in astrology 100%,” said Michelle Lozada, a junior majoring in Forensic Psychology. “Every time I meet someone, their astrological sign always matches their personality. Sometimes, I can even guess a person’s [zodiac] sign right away.”

An explanation of astrology by Kepler College defines the subject as “the study of the meaningful correlation between celestial objects and earthly events.”

The key word here is “meaningful.” Astrology deals with meaning, while astronomy focuses on measurement.

“Astrology to me is someone’s basic blueprint,” said photography major Iliana Pulgar. “It’s not an exact navigational map, but an outline to someone’s personality or even life path.”

Some people use astrology to better understand not only their own habits, but also the characteristics of people around them.

“[Astrology] has to do with the date and timing of your birth, and how that affects the way you live, such as your emotions and personality,” said Lozada. “I use it to understand the way people act and react to things.”

Linda Goodman, author of “Sun Signs,” a book that boosted the New Age movement and advanced modern astrology, explains that “everyone can profit from a study of Sun signs, and the knowledge can make us more tolerant of one another.”

Sun signs - more commonly known as zodiacs - are based on 12 different constellations, one of which can be assigned to a person based on the alignment of celestial bodies on their birthdate.

The zodiac is also used in astronomy, to help understand and explain how the sun, earth, and stars move in relation to one another. Although both sciences use zodiacs to categorize constellations, the difference lies in the point of view; astronomers study things from the stars’ point of view, while astrologers maintain a rather earthly perspective according to “Astrology: An Introduction” published by Kepler College.