The Chinese World

  • Alexus McLeodEmail author
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


The early Chinese astronomers were the first to use a polar-equatorial system of observing and mapping the sky, which contemporary astronomers around the world still use today. The early Chinese were also among the most meticulous observers of the sky in history, and their observational records provide us with the earliest known accounts of many astronomical events. The nature of the early Chinese understanding of the cosmos held regularities in the skies as mirroring regularities in the human world. This unity between nature and humanity grounded the way the early Chinese understood unusual or irregular astronomical events such as the appearances of comets.


North Pole Chinese History Human World Celestial Object Human Realm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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