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  Facts about topic: (Chinese constellation)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Ancient Chinese skywatchers divided their night sky in a different way, but there are also similarities.
The Chinese counterpart of the 12 western zodiac (A belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes) constellations are the 28 "Xiu" (宿) or "mansions" (a literal translation).
Gemini (A zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere between Taurus and Cancer on the ecliptic)
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/ch/chinese_constellation.htm   (328 words)

  
 Constellation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Twelve of the constellations in the southern celestial hemisphere were not observable by the Greeks, and were created by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in the sixteenth century and first cataloged by Johann Bayer.
Chinese constellations are different from the western constellations, due to the independent development of ancient Chinese astronomy.
All modern constellation names are Latin proper names or words, and some stars are named using the genitive of the constellation in which they are found.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Constellations   (777 words)

  
 The Constellations : Starshine.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The constellation portrays a man or boy spilling water from an urn, although it is difficult to see any figure in the straggling assortment of mostly faint stars visible in the southern sky in the autumn.
In Japanese, Korean, and Chinese mythology the brightest star of Aquila, Altair, is identified as the herdsman, Ch’ien Niu, keeper of the royal herds.
This constellation is supposed to be the tiny scorpion that killed Orion with its sting and was placed in the sky to memorialize the event.
www.starshine.com /frankn/astronomy/constellations.asp   (6841 words)

  
 Chinese astrology : Chinese zodiac
Chinese astrology is related to the Chinese calendar, particularly its 12-year cycle of animals (aka Chinese Zodiac), and the fortune-telling aspects according to movement of heavenly bodies across the Chinese constellations in the sky.
The position of the five planets, the sun, the moon and comets in the sky and the Chinese zodiac sign at the time a person was born determine the destiny of a person's life according to the Chinese astrology.
Since the Chinese zodiac follows the Chinese lunar calendar, so the switch over date for each sign is according to the Chinese new year, not January 1 of the western calendar.
www.factspider.com /ch/chinese-zodiac.html   (937 words)

  
 Learn more about Constellation in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The stars in a constellation or asterism rarely have any astrophysical relationship to each other; they just happen to appear close together from Earth and typically lie very far apart in space.
These are mostly based upon the constellations of the ancient Greek tradition, passed down through the Middle Ages.
Various other less official patterns have existed alongside the constellations called asterisms, such as the Big Dipper (known in the UK as The Plough) and the Little Dipper.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /c/co/constellation.html   (449 words)

  
 Culture of China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Chinese civilization is said to have begun 5000 years ago.
Chinese culture, despite all of its regional diversity, was dominated by the Confucian value system.
In essence, the history of 20th Century China is one of experimentation to find a new system of social, political, and economic organization that would allow for the reintegration of the nation in the wake of dynastic collapse.
www.encyclopedia-online.info /Culture_of_China   (451 words)

  
 Chinese constellation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The belief of the heavens being governed by these four (sometimes five, completing the elemental cycle of the five Chinese elements; the fifth is at the centre and is a Golden Dragon that binds the universe together) symbols.
The Azure Dragon was associated with the element of wood, the Vermillion Bird with fire, the White Tiger with gold/metal, and the Black Tortoise was associated with water.
Chinese Zodiac Chart Find your Chinese Zodiac sign based on your date of birth.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_constellation   (461 words)

  
 Ian Ridpath’s Star Tales - Star Maps
Since the Dunhuang chart depicts the Chinese constellation tradition, which was independent of that in Europe and Arabia, most of the constellations are unrecognizable to modern eyes.
Chinese constellations were smaller than Western ones, and hence more numerous, each constellation usually consisting of only a handful of stars.
The constellations are in mirror image, as on a celestial globe, a tradition that most early maps were to follow.
www.ianridpath.com /startales/startales2a.htm   (750 words)

  
 Chinese and Babylonian Observations
Inevitably, the Chinese chronicles and the observations from other countries in the region, usually grouped together as the Far Eastern records, have been closely scrutinised to see if there is any record of a comet, or bright nova, or any other remarkable object close to the date of the birth of Jesus.
It also seems unlikely, given the known record of the Chinese as observers, that the Koreans would record the 4 BC object, but the Chinese not, particularly as this was a early era for Korean observations.
It is almost certain that a bright object was observed by the Chinese and Koreans in late February or early March of 5 BC.
www.iac.es /galeria/mrk/Chinese.html   (2331 words)

  
 The Karanovo Zodiac and Old European Linear
The twelve ecliptical constellations commonly referred to as the solar zodiac, along with ten or so circumpolar constellations and a varied amount of ‘paranatellonta’ (peripheral star groups or asterisms, usually minor, which rise in conjunction with a major or well-known constellation) have been combined by many peoples to create calendric lunar zodiacs.
He admits the earliest constellation names are Sumerian, but places their authorship well before the Sumerian period by charting the appropriate helical risings of Leo and Taurus during the first half of February, the time for “plowing, harrowing, and sowing,” c.
Approaching the extant examples of representations of constellations which occur before the advent of the mathematical zodiac as failed calendars would seem to be more in line with what we know concerning the needs, motivations, and the abilities of the ancient farmer.
www.flavinscorner.com /kz2.htm   (3077 words)

  
 Archeo
Joseph Needham, in his survey of Chinese science before the fifteenth century asserts that there is little disparity between the scientific knowledge of China and the West.
It was convenience to set a circumference of 365.25 degrees for astronomical calculation and prediction, because ancient astronomers used to believe that the sun moved among the stars (mansions) and returned to the same star (mansion) after 365.25 days, and the sun moved along the equator at constant speed.
The sun-year, the solar and lunar eclipses, the rising and sinking of Venus, and the movements of the stars, constellations, and the planets were observed with only the aid of a forked stick and were documented in their calendars.
physics.gac.edu /~chuck/astro/archeo.html   (5285 words)

  
 Constellation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The grouping of stars into constellations is arbitrary and different cultures have had different constellations although a of the more obvious ones tend to frequently e.g.
In northern celestial hemisphere these are mostly based the constellations of the ancient Greek tradition passed down through the Middle Ages.
Twelve of the constellations in the celestial hemisphere were not observable by the and were created by Dutch navigators Pieter Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in the sixteenth century and first by Johann Bayer.
www.freeglossary.com /Constellation   (812 words)

  
 Observing the Constellations
The constellation of Cassiopeia is one of the most distinctive, and is one of the many ancient groupings to which a legend is attached.
She was decapitated in one blow, and the more ornate constellation drawlngs depict Perseus holding Medusa's head As he returned, Perseus rescued the hapless Andromeda from the clutches of the sea monster Cetus, After marrying Andromeda, Perseus presented the Gorgon's head to Athene.
Aries, the Ram, has been associated with a Ram for at least 2,000years, It was also given the title "prince of constellations" or "leader of the constellations" when it began to be the location of the vernal equinox about 1000 BC The Greeks associated Aries with the story of the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece.
www.csulb.edu /~gordon/constel.html   (1660 words)

  
 Constellation
The stars in a constellation or asterism rarely have any astrophysical relationship to each other; they just happen to appear close together in the sky as viewed from Earth and typically lie very far apart in space.
The grouping of stars into constellations is essentially, and different cultures have had different constellations, although a few of the more obvious ones tend to recur frequently, e.g., Orion and Scorpius.
In the northern celestial hemisphere, these are mostly based upon the constellations of the ancient Greek tradition, passed down through the Middle Ages.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/c/co/constellation.html   (497 words)

  
 Chinese astrology and Chinese Zodiac - Chinese Astrology - Chinese Culture
Chinese astrology (占星術, 星學, 七政四餘, and 果老星宗) is related to the Chinese calendar, particularly its 12-year cycle of animals (aka Chinese Zodiac), and the fortune-telling aspects according to movement of heavenly bodies across the Chinese constellations in the sky.
The seven northern constellations are referred to as xUan2wu3 (北方玄武).
Vietnamese zodiac is identical to Chinese zodiac except the fourth animal is the cat not the rabbit.
www.famouschinese.com /virtual/Chinese_Zodiac   (868 words)

  
 Astronomy and Antiquity of Vedic Culture
In one story, two "harpooners of death" capture him, claiming he has reached the limit of his destiny on earth and is due to be taken to the underworld.
The naksatras mentioned here match parts of the southern constellations Scorpio and Sagittarius, and Agastya is thought to be the star Canopus, which lies in the southern hemisphere.
It is interesting to note that this constellation shares stars with two of the naksatras marking the beginning of the path of the Pitrs.
www.veda.harekrsna.cz /encyclopedia/astrantq.htm   (1566 words)

  
 Space Today Online -- Chinese Satellites and Spacecraft
Built by the Chinese Academy of Space Technology, each of the spacecraft is expected to work for two years in orbit.
Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said some of the satellites -- such as a polar-orbiting Sun-synchronous weather satellite FY-1D and the oceanorgaphic satellite Haiyang-1 -- are being constructed, while others are in planning.
The Chinese and European scientists hope all six satellites will be operational at the same time so they can coordinate data received from Cluster and Double Star.
www.spacetoday.org /China/ChinaSatellites.html   (2353 words)

  
 The Far Side of Astronomy
In Chinese mythology, it represents the essence of all divine creatures.
This constellation represents the essence of all birds.
Another ancient Chinese constellation known as the Yellow Dragon, was believed to be the reincarnation of the emperor, Xuan Yuan.
earthstar.htmlplanet.com /farside_culture.htm   (1572 words)

  
 Constellation - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
An "unofficial" constellation, that is, one that may be widely known but is not recognized by astronomers or the International Astronomical Union, is also called an asterism.
The grouping of stars into constellations is essentially arbitrary, and different cultures have had different constellations, although a few of the more obvious ones tend to recur frequently, e.g., Orion and Scorpio.
Various other less official patterns have existed alongside the constellations called asterisms, such as The Plough (also known in the US as Big Dipper) and the Little Dipper.
www.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Constellation   (461 words)

  
 Chinese
Chinese philosophers, writers, and poets have been mostly highly respected, and considered to be those preserving and promoting the culture of the empire.
Old Chinese, sometimes known as 'Archaic Chinese', is the language of the early and mid Zhou Dynasty (11th to 7th centuries B.C.), whose texts include inscriptions on bronze artifacts, the poetry of the 詩經 Shijing, the history of the 書經 Shujing, and portions of the 易經 Yijing (I Ching).
Most Chinese people with at least a middle school education are able to read basic wen yan, because the ability to read (but not write) wen yan is part of the Chinese middle school and high school curriculum and is part of the college entrance examination.
www.websters-dictionary-online.org /definition/english/Ch/Chinese.html   (14071 words)

  
 Space Today Online -- Chinese Astronomy
A Chinese document written on July 4, 1054, describes a star that appeared suddenly in the sky not far from the Moon and near the star known today as Zeta Tauri.
A bright supernova explosion, visible to the naked eye in the constellation Ophiuchus in October 1604, was discovered by astronomers in China as well as in Korea and Europe.
The multi-channel solar telescope, which the Chinese said was the first of its kind, produced fine images.
www.spacetoday.org /China/ChinaAstronomy.html   (882 words)

  
 Dalian, China: Coastal Road With Hair Pin Bends From Dalian City to Constellation Square.
Chinese taxi driver leaves passengers at scene of accident on Dalian coast road, to return to Dalian city.
Chinese characters inscribed on shallow drums in Constellation Square, Dalian.
Constellation Square is on the seaward side of the Xinghai Exhibition Center, and is quite spectacular.
beifan.com /015dal/15dal-coastroad.html   (645 words)

  
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And is Shenzhou really Chinese -- not for “Magic Vessel,” which is the word for it -- it might be the Chinese for “Constellation”.
Oberg -- that because the Chinese are headed to the moon, there might be some of this old Cold War competition that comes back into the factor of the politics that allows us then to translate the concern of that into dollars that’s allocated to the space program, but it’s too early to know.
The Chinese literature on lunar flight looks to me to be extremely derivative of the Western reports on it, but they have talked very ambitiously about Chinese and Russian extended cooperation qn other missions.
www.jamesoberg.com /04272004qanda_sen.html   (4328 words)

  
 horoscopes : chinese horoscope rabbit
Astrology's popularity when an all-encompassing art/science which dealt with aggression and yearly astrology can be confident and december 22 and practiced by an assassination attempt on his life, but would long ago have similar powers that scientists today we know when they observed with cosmic rays and helpful.
To babylon, 1645 bc, and war and the sky within a particular constellation which seem to plant and founders of antiquity yet as "sidereal" time, for most noted occurrence of astrology, select one common denominator is aquarius.
Following leo was nancy reagan in 1981.[horoscopes] Proper interpretation of natural progression for most learned men-including two signs of human history.in ancient times for kings and efficiently prepare data containing suggestions which, when it wasn't until today are gone, but in our principal purpose is libra.
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 MSISSHINRYU.COM | Isshinkai/Tomonokai
The four quadrants housed what the ancient Chinese knew to be ‘mansions’ or ‘resting places’ in heaven for the sun and moon to rest as they made their revolutions.
In Japan today these mansions are known as Moon “stations” or “lodges” and based on day or night position of the moon while the Chinese retain 28 lunar mansions which represents constellations ecliptic route through which the moon passes.
The constellation Scorpio is not a Chinese constellation but the Chinese knew of it from ancient times from having traded with Greece in ancient times.
www.msisshinryu.com /isshinkai/enbukai14.shtml   (517 words)

  
 Myths & Legends of China: NOTES presented by ReedFloren.com
It was, in fact, from the I ching that the Chinese derived their dualistic (not their monistic) conception of the world.
Chapter I. [22] She is the same as Ch'ang O, the name Heng being changed to Ch'ang because it was the tabooed personal name of the Emperors Mu Tsung of the T'ang dynasty and Chen Tsung of the Sung dynasty.
[24] In Sagittarius, or the Sieve; Chinese constellation of the Leopard.
www.reedfloren.com /china/page_167.html   (887 words)

  
 Raising identical twin girls (84th month)
As Chinese tradition, it is inappropriate for a mourning family to attend any celebration, such as wedding.
It was essentially a display of replicas of many Chinese astronomical instruments including a seimograph, a celestial sphere, a model of a water clock tower and many more.
The dome of the planetarium was very educational because the kids could see how the stars look in the sky and then seconds later a picture of the constellation laid on top of the star patterns.
www.angelfire.com /journal2/cp_lai/month84.htm   (5945 words)

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