Columba in Chinese astronomy

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The modern constellation Columba lies across two of the quadrants, symbolized by the The White Tiger of the West (西方白虎, Xī Fāng Bái Hǔ) and The Vermillion Bird of the South (南方朱雀, Nán Fāng Zhū Què), that divide the sky in traditional Chinese uranography.

The name of the western constellation in modern Chinese is 天鴿座 (tiān gē zuò), meaning "the heaven dove constellation".


The map of Chinese constellation in constellation Columba area consists of :

Four Symbols Mansion (Chinese name) Romanization Translation Asterisms (Chinese name) Romanization Translation Western star name Chinese star name Romanization Translation
The White Tiger of the West (西方白虎) Shēn Three Stars Shǐ Excrement μ Col[1] Shǐ (One star of)
The Vermilion Bird of the South (南方朱雀) Jǐng Well 丈人 Zhàngrén Grandfather
α Col[2]
丈人一 Zhàngrényī 1st star
丈人北星 Zhàngrénběixīng Northern star
ε Col[2] 丈人二 Zhàngrénèr 2nd star
λ Col[2] 子一 Zǐyī 1st star
β Col[2] 子二 Zǐèr 2nd star
γ Col 子增一 Zǐzēngyī 1st additional star
Sūn Grandson
κ Col[2] 孫一 Sūnyī 1st star
θ Col[2] 孫二 Sūnèr 2nd star
δ Col 孫增三 Sūnzēngsān 3rd additional star

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