Women, representing nature, argue the influence of the zodiac with scholars in this undated 17th century engraving.
Fun fact: the term ‘influenza’ comes from the premodern belief stars influenced disease. Before epidemiologists, there were astrologers.
As the Earth orbits the Sun, the Sun appears to move through the ancient constellations of the zodiac.
Astronomy and astrology do not agree on the dates of the zodiac constellations.
Physician letting blood from a patient. Attributed to Aldobrandino of Siena: Li Livres dou Santé. France, late 13th Century.
British Library, London, UK
A handful of manuscripts remain which give researchers valuable insights into medieval science.
Stars come into existence because of a powerful force of nature called gravity.
ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt
Stars begin their life inside very large, fluffy clouds of space dust and gas called nebulae.
Alchemists’ dreams distracted from real scientific goals.
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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has been the subject of much scrutiny during his rise to the party’s top position.
The study of Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president and new head of its governing party, is generating a great deal of heat, and not much light.
Franklin’s lifelong quest was spreading scientific knowledge to regular people.
Franklin advanced a scientific – not supernatural – understanding of astronomical events such as eclipses. His satirical character ‘Poor Richard’ mocked those who bought into astrological predictions.
Some rely on star signs for answers while others regard it as nonsense.
Old sky map depicting boreal and austral hemispheres with constellations and zodiac signs.
Up until the seventeenth century, astrology was seen as a scholarly tradition, and it is credited as influencing the development of many modern day subjects.
Even the sceptical can admire the determination of the wise men.
Your lottery is due, say the zodiac signs on the tarot card.
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Science or pseudoscience?
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Artistic view of a close-up of a supermassive black hole. This image shows the material surrounding the black hole, which ultimately will fall in the central region releasing the X-ray radiation detected in this work.
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Is your stress from Venus, your pressure from Mars? Not likely.
Today, and for the next month, four major planets are aligned above us: Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Are we interested? Of course we are. From the very beginning of human history we’ve been obsessed…