Ancient Chinese Astronomy - An Overview

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Documentary and archaeological evidence testifies the early origin and continuous development of ancient Chinese astronomy to meet both the ideological and practical needs of a society largely based on agriculture. There was a long period when the beginning of the year, month, and season was determined by direct observation of celestial phenomena, including their alignments with respect to the local skyline. As the need for more exact study arose, new instruments for more exact observation were invented and the system of calendrical astronomy became entirely mathematized.


Celestial Body Major Planet Warring State Period Exact Observation Celestial Phenomenon 
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  1. 1.University of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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