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astronomy vs. astrology

astronomy vs. astrology: What’s the difference?

Astronomy is the scientific study of the universe or space (everything beyond Earth’s atmosphere), including things like stars and other planets. Astrology is a nonscientific practice in which the positions of celestial bodies (like stars and planets) at certain times are thought to influence or be correlated with human behavior and events. Astro- means “pertaining to stars or celestial bodies.”

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  1. the science that deals with the material universe beyond the earth's atmosphere.
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  1. the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.
  2. the science of astronomy.

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