Three Stars (Chinese constellation)

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The Three Stars mansion (simplified Chinese: 参宿; traditional Chinese: 參宿; pinyin: Shēn Xiù) is one of the twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the western mansions of the White Tiger. This collection of seven bright stars is visible during winter in the Northern Hemisphere (summer in the Southern).


English name Chinese name European constellation Number of stars
Three Stars[1] 參Shen Orion 7
Punishment 伐Fa Orion 3
Jade Well 玉井Yu Jing Orion/Eridanus 4
Screen 屏Ping Lepus 2
Military Well 軍井Jun Jing Lepus 4
Toilet[2] 廁Ce Lepus 4
Excrement[3] 屎Shi Columba 1


  1. ^ In ancient times, this asterism only contained three stars of Orion. But later, four more stars were added to it.
  2. ^ The Toilet asterism contains the star, Alpha Leporis.
  3. ^ The Excrement asterism is the star, Mu Columbae.