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Author Xu, Zhentao.

Title East Asian archaeoastronomy : historical records of astronomical observations of China, Japan and Korea / Zhentao Xu, David W. Pankenier, Yaotiao Jiang.

Published Amsterdam : Gordon & Breach ; Abingdon : Marston, [2000]
©2000

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 UniM ERC  520.950901 XU    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 430 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm.
Series Earth Space Institute book series on public and private sector interest in space ; v.5.
Earth Space Institute book series on public and private sector interest in space ; v.5.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1.1 Astronomical observations in ancient China 1 -- 1.2 Sources of astronomical records 4 -- 1.3 Chinese calendar and time reckoning systems 7 -- 1.4 Chinese asterisms 10 -- 1.5 Original texts of East Asian astronomical records 12 -- Chapter 2 Astronomical observations in oracle-bone inscriptions 13 -- 2.1 Discovery and early studies of oracle-bone inscriptions 13 -- 2.2 General format of the divinations (buci) 14 -- 2.3 Publications of oracle-bone inscriptions 16 -- 2.4 On the astronomical records in the oracle-bone inscriptions 16 -- 2.5 Astronomical records in oracle-bone inscriptions 18 -- Chapter 3 Solar eclipses 25 -- 3.1 Historical observations of solar eclipses 25 -- 3.2 Modern scientific importance of ancient solar eclipses 29 -- 3.3 East Asian solar eclipse records 30 -- Chapter 4 Lunar eclipses 61 -- 4.1 Collecting and collating lunar eclipse records 61 -- 4.2 East Asian lunar eclipse records 63 -- Chapter 5 Comet Halley 107 -- 5.1 Comet observations in ancient China 107 -- 5.2 Historical records of Comet Halley and their present uses 109 -- 5.3 East Asian records of Comet Halley 110 -- Chapter 6 Guest stars 125 -- 6.1 "Guest star" observations in ancient China 125 -- 6.2 Collecting and collating guest star records 126 -- 6.3 On the identification of historical supernovae 128 -- 6.4 East Asian records of guest stars 129 -- Chapter 7 Sunspots 147 -- 7.1 Sunspot observations in ancient China 147 -- 7.2 Ancient East Asian sunspot records 148 -- 7.3 Collecting and collating sunspot records 148 -- 7.4 On the variability of solar activity 150 -- 7.5 East Asian sunspot records 152 -- Chapter 8 Aurora borealis 183 -- 8.1 Auroral and solar activity 183 -- 8.2 Auroral observation in ancient China 183 -- 8.3 Collecting and collating auroral records 185 -- 8.4 Reconstruction of the auroral catalogue of East Asia 186 -- 8.5 East Asian auroral records 188 -- Chapter 9 Clusters of multiple planets 237 -- 9.1 Early observation of planetary movements 237 -- 9.2 East Asian records of planetary gatherings 240 -- Original texts from Chinese, Japanese and Korean sources 271 -- 1. Chronological table of Chinese dynasties and reigns 405 -- 2. Geographical coordinates of historical capitals of China, Japan and Korea 419 -- 3. Finding list of stars and asterisms 421.
Summary Historical astronomical records can play an important role in modern research, especially in the case of ancient Chinese observational data: sunspot & aurora records are important for the study of solar variability; solar & lunar eclipse records for the study of the Earth's rotation; records of Comet Hally for the study of orbital evolution; "guest star" records for the study of supernova remnants; planetary conjunction records for research in astronomical chronology. In the past, Western scientists have not been able to exploit these valuable data fully because the original records were difficult to gather & interpret & complete English translations have not been available.
Other author Jiang, Yaotiao.
Pankenier, David W. (David William)
Subject Archaeoastronomy -- China.
Archaeoastronomy -- Japan.
Archaeoastronomy -- Korea.
ISBN 905699302X