Winnowing Basket (Chinese constellation)

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The Winnowing Basket mansion (箕宿, pinyin: Jī Xiù) is one of the Twenty-Eight Mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the eastern mansions of the Azure Dragon.[1][2][3]


English name Chinese name European constellation Number of stars Representing
Winnowing Basket Sagittarius 4 Azure Dragon's dung, the role of rice bran to farm implements, also means the wind
Chaff Ophiuchus 1 Lift out of bran
Pestle Ara 3 Trace compounds wooden club


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  2. ^ Penprase, Bryan E. (2017-05-05). The Power of Stars. Springer. p. 43. ISBN 978-3-319-52597-6.
  3. ^ Xu, Junjun (January 2009). "Ancient Chinese constellations". Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. 5 (S260): 107, 112. doi:10.1017/S174392131100319X. ISSN 1743-9221.