someone who foretells the future by studying the stars OR

someone who foretells the future by studying the stars OR

someone who foretells the future by studying the stars

In ancient times, astrology was always seen as a powerful and important cosmic force. Now it’s a hand-wavy, whimsical one. The field of astrology is not as popular in the 21st century as it once was as many people focus more on areas of science. “Hard science” doesn’t make for good headlines, afterall. Maybe that’s why this dude got so many views for his video.


This relative motion of stars across the sky is known as proper motion. It is this motion that causes the stars to move over thousands of years. The constellations we see today are only temporary. They were not the constellations of our long-ago ancestors, and they will not be the constellations of our far-future descendants. Since Halley’s first observations, astronomers have measured the proper motion of thousands of stars. But in the past couple decades that number as grown exponentially. In 2000, the Hipparcos catalog was released. Based on data gathered by the Hipparcos spacecraft, it contains the positions and proper motions of more than 100,000 stars. This year initial data from the Gaia spacecraft was released, containing the position and proper motion of more than 2 million stars. Since stars basically move freely through space, we can use their proper motions to predict where they will be in the future. You can see this in the video above, which plots the proper motions of Gaia’s 2 million stars. It gives us a glimpse of how future generations might see the night sky.

Studies also show that people often turn to astrology in response to stress and anxiety. “Under conditions of high stress, the individual is prepared to use astrology as a coping device even though under low-stress conditions he does not believe in it,” Graham Tyson, Professor of Psychology at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand, said. In fact, the first astrology column to be commissioned for a newspaper was during the Great Depression in August, 1930. Again, during the 2008 financial crisis, people sought out astrologers to foretell their future. “All of those structures that people had relied upon… started to fall apart. That’s how a lot of people get into it. They’re, like, ‘What’s going on in my life? Nothing makes sense’,” astrologer Rebecca Gordon told The New Yorker, reminiscing 2008. (Source: theswaddle.com)




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