China Prints Astronomical Charts

Su Sung in China drew astronomical charts in 1064 following his commission by the Council of Kaifeng, a convention of four scholars: an astronomer, meteorologist, chronicler, and astrologer. THey met in 1054 to discuss the appearance of a temporary “guest star” in the Thiem-Kuan constellation. The supernova produced the Crab Nebula in the constellation known as Taurus.

Date:
      1064
Name(s):
      Su Sung
Occupation:
      astrologer
Location:
      China

Additional Information:

  • Oriental Star Maps – NASA/ADS
    Commencing around 200 BC. numerous astronomical observations were … An excellent drawing – copied here – is published by Academia Sinica (1978). … The earlier of these is the oldest printed star map from any part of the world … Despite their association with Su Sung, all five charts are surprisingly crudely produced.
  • Astronomy in Ancient and Medieval China – jstor
    broadly speaking one can say that everything there is either printed or lost. … The stars are drawn in three colours, white, black and yellow, to correspond with the … must be one of the oldest star-charts extant from any civilization. … which was made for the celestial globe set up by Su Sung in the Astronomical Clock Tow.
  • 13 · Chinese and Korean Star Maps and Catalogs – University … [PDF]
    wenwu tuji (Album of ancient Chinese astronomical relics) exhibits … cartography, see Sang-woon Jeon (Chon Sang’un), Science and Technology in Korea: … example, a chart painted on the ceiling of a twelfth-century tomb-are preserved that … globe), printed in 1094, Su Song gives the following de- scription of the …
  • Science and technology of the Song dynasty – Wikipedia
    The Song dynasty (Chinese: 宋朝; 960–1279 CE) provided some of the most significant … These advances, along with the introduction of paper-printed money, helped … He also was the author of a large celestial atlas of five different star maps, … However, Su was most famous for his hydraulic-powered astronomical clock …
  • Song dynasty – Wikipedia
    The Song dynasty was an imperial dynasty of China that began in 960 and lasted until 1279. … Yale Romanization, Sung chìuh … The spread of literature and knowledge was enhanced by the rapid expansion of woodblock printing and … technological innovations by supporting such works as the astronomical clock tower …

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