View Full Version : Ancient Chinese Star Map

06-19-2009, 11:45 AM
Another Astronomy Picture of the Day that has relevance for the guild. Here's an ancient star map:


I love that even thousands of years ago, people were addicted to mapping.

06-19-2009, 09:17 PM
Looks like it was done on GIMP. Prob version 1.0 being that old.

06-26-2009, 02:00 PM
Beautiful! I see a Scorpius-looking thing, and a Big-Dipper-looking thing ... probably totally different constellations, though.

Very pretty. Thanks Torstan!

Centre Wanderer
07-11-2009, 05:17 AM
Yes, the Chinese identified Scorpio as a Dragon. I don't know how much overlap there was -- ie how many of Scorpio's stars are in the Dragon and vice versa.
It is interesting that the seemingly arbitrarily link stars are seen as a single unit by independent observers.