East Asian Archaeoastronomy: Astronomical Observations of China, Japan and Korea

East Asian Archaeoastronomy: Astronomical Observations of China, Japan and Korea

Hardback Earth Space Institute Book Series, Volume 5

By (author) Xu Zhentao, By (author) Jiang Yaotiao, By (author) David W. Pankenier

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  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 177mm x 254mm x 30mm | 934g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 905699302X
  • ISBN 13: 9789056993023
  • Illustrations note: 7 colour figures, 130 line drawings

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Historical astronomical records can play an important role in modern research, especially in the case of ancient Chinese observational data: sunspot and aurora records are important for the study of solar variability; solar and 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 and interpret, and complete English translations have not been available. East-Asian Archaeoastronomy is the first comprehensive translation into English of such historical records for modern research. The book also features an introduction to East Asian astronomy and offers guidance on how to use the records effectively. It will not only be a valuable research tool for astronomers but should also be of great interest to historians of China and Chinese science. Xu; Zhenoao Purple Mountin Observatory,Pankenier; W Department of Modern Foreign Language and Literatur,Yaotiao; Jiang Nanjing University , China,

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1. Astronomical Observations in Ancient China 2. Astronomical Observations in Oracle-Bone Inscriptions 3. Solar Elipses 4. Comet Halley 5. Guest Stars 6. Sunspots 7. Aurora Borealis 8. Clusters of Multiple Planets 9. Index of Original Chinese Texts