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about "Ecliptic Zodiac" : The Constellations of the Zodiac actually form an imaginary belt in the sky that extends about eight degrees above and below the Plane of the Ecliptic.
More Information:The ecliptic is the plane in which the earth orbits the sun. The Zodiac is the twelve constellations that contain the ecliptic. The planets also orbit very close to the ecliptic. Thus the zodiacal constellations also are where one observes the planets in the sky. The twelve constellations of the Zodiac are:
The Zodiac was extremely important to historical astronomy. At times many believed that the stars either directly influenced or were portents of one's fate. This view carries over today with Astrology and Horoscopes. This view, of course, carries no credence with modern astronomy. Nonetheless, the historical precedent of the Zodiac as a reference influences how both amateur and professional astronomers describe the location of objects in the sky.