Sky culture is a term used by Stellarium referring to the way a culture describing the sky and celestial objects. In the field of astronomy, the point of concern about a sky culture is how stars are named and related to each other within this culture.
The Western culture divides the celestial sphere into 88 areas of various sizes called constellations, each with precise boundary, issued by the International Astronomical Union. These constellations have become the standard way to describe the sky, replacing similar sets in other sky cultures exhaustively in daily usage.
Alternative asterism files for Stellarium
Asterisms by H.A. Rey, from his book "The Stars: A New Way To See Them", by tleemans
- Constellation article at Wikipedia
- Star Catalogue article at Wikipedia
- Constellation image library of the U.S. Naval Observatory and the Space Telescope Science Institute. Johannes Hevelius Engravings.
Stellarium currently provides roughly one third of Chinese Xingguan (Chinese: 星官; pinyin: xīngguān) sets, and is without any Chinese star names. A project conducted by community member G.S.K.Lee is now underway to construct a complete Chinese sky culture set for Stellarium based on the information inside Yixiangkaocheng (Chinese: 儀象考成; pinyin: yíxiàngkǎochéng), an imperial record of astronomy finished in 1756, which is the major reference to the traditional Chinese Xingguans and star names used today.
Yixiangkaocheng has 300 Xingguans in total.
Edged out by Western constellations, Xingguans were no longer in active usage today by the Chinese.
Yixiangkaocheng has 3083 Xingguans in total. A complete list which corresponding all 3083 stars into any modern star catalogues or designations is yet to exist.
Traditionally, Chinese do not have similar expressions like constellation arts in the Western cultures. If any, clouds were sometimes added to each Xingguan's background on the starcharts in astrology books, but seldom be seen inside astronomically oriented works.
- Perhaps it would be a good idea to indicate the extent of the four symbols with Xingguan arts?
As stated, Xingguans are not related with areas, hence they have no definite boundaries.
- constellation_names.fab: Chinese: Completed; English translations: Incomplete.
- star_names.fab: 228 out of 3083 stars have been entered into the conversion list.
- constellationship.fab: (Major star names need to be completed first)
An under development screenshot.
Some developers need to come here and explain to us where they got those ambiguous constellation
names which beat the translators to the ground, doh.
- Polynesian Constellations at Honolulu Community College