Tucana in Chinese astronomy

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The modern constellation Tucana is not included in the Three Enclosures and Twenty-Eight Mansions system of traditional Chinese uranography because its stars are too far south for observers in China to know about them prior to the introduction of Western star charts. Based on the work of Xu Guangqi and the German Jesuit missionary Johann Adam Schall von Bell in the late Ming Dynasty,[1] this constellation has been classified as one of the 23 Southern Asterisms (近南極星區, Jìnnánjíxīngōu) under the name Crane (鶴, ) and Bird's Beak (鳥喙, Niǎohuì).

The name of the western constellation in modern Chinese is 杜鵑座 (dù juān zuò), meaning "the cuckoo constellation".

Stars[edit]

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

Four Symbols Mansion (Chinese name) Romanization Translation Asterisms (Chinese name) Romanization Translation Western star name Chinese star name Romanization Translation
- 近南極星區 (non-mansions) Jìnnánjíxīngōu (non-mansions) The Southern Asterisms (non-mansions) 鳥喙 Niǎohuì Bird's Beak
α Tuc[2] 鳥喙一 Niǎohuìyī 1st star
γ Tuc 鳥喙二 Niǎohuìèr 2nd star
HD 224361[3] 鳥喙三 Niǎohuìsān 3rd star
β1 Tuc[2] 鳥喙四 Niǎohuìsì 4th star
ρ Tuc 鳥喙五 Niǎohuìwǔ 5th star
ζ Tuc[2] 鳥喙六 Niǎohuìliù 6th star
ε Tuc[2] 鳥喙七 Niǎohuìqī 7th star
η Tuc 鳥喙增一 Niǎohuìzēngyī 1st additional star
Crane δ Tuc[2] 鶴五 Hèwǔ 5th star

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sun, Xiaochun (1997). Helaine Selin, ed. Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Kluwer Academic Publishers. p. 910. ISBN 0-7923-4066-3. 
  2. ^ a b c d e (in Chinese) AEEA (Activities of Exhibition and Education in Astronomy) 天文教育資訊網 2006 年 7 月 30 日
  3. ^ (in Chinese) 夢之大地 @ 國立成功大學 WebBBS DreamLand @ National Cheng Kung University WebBBS System Archived 2011-09-02 at the Wayback Machine.

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