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Mercury is in retrograde: Here's what that means


If you believe in astrology, then you have probably noticed things might be different or off in your life depending on your zodiac sign.

It’s probably because Mercury is in retrograde from March 22 to April 15.

Being in retrograde, which is when a planet appears to be moving backwards, apparently has negative connotations. More than than half of Americans 18-24-year-olds believe in it, according to Time.

It might make a good excuse for whatever may go wrong in your life, but here’s what it really means.

It happens a few times a year and it also happens to other planets.

Anita Cochran, assistant director at the McDonald Observatory at The University of Texas at Austin, said the same motion effect can apply to any planet because they are not on the same orbit as Earth.

“In the case of something like Jupiter, Jupiter is much farther out, it’s five times much farther from the Sun than Earth is, and so it takes much longer to go around,” Cochran said, “As a result we see that effect slightly differently, but geometrically, but it’s the same effect basically.”

But despite the astrology view on Mercury's retrograde event, Cochran said that anything that gets people to pay attention during moments like these is positive.

“Anything that makes the public look at the sky is a good thing, so in that sense, it’s good that they are looking because there is some astrological reason, but there really isn’t.” Cochran added. “It’s just a geometry effect of the fact that the orbits are different lengths.”

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