lundi 29 septembre 2008

Aries 16

δ, 4.6.

Botein is from Al Buṭain, the dual of Al Baṭn, the Belly, probably from some early figuring, for in modern maps the star lies on the tail.
With ζ it was Tsin Yin in China.
δ, ε, and ρ3 were considered the 28th manzil, Al Buṭain, but Al Bīrūnī substituted π for ρ3, and others, ζ; while still others located this station in our Musca, the faint little triangle above the figure of the Ram.
ε marks the base of the tail, and is the radiant point of the Arietids, the meteors of the 11th to the 24th of October. It is a double star of 5th and 6.5 magnitudes, 0.ʺ5 apart, and probably binary. Its present position angle is about 200º. Gould thinks it variable.
Williams mentions b, e, o, and z as the Chinese Teen Ho.
This author, known also as ʼAbū Maʼshar and Jaʻphar, was from Balḥ in Turkestan, celebrated as an astrologer and quoted by Al Bīrūnī, but with the caution that he was a very incorrect astronomer. The Lenox Library of New York has a copy of his Opus introductorii in astronomiā Albumazaris abalachi, Idus Februarii, 1489, published at Venice with illustrations. Its similarity to the Hyginus of the preceding year would indicate that they issued from the same press.
τοῦ γάρ καί γένος ἐσμίν The Christian fathers Eusebius and Clement of Alexandria made this same quotation; while frequent references to Aratos' poem appear in the writings of Saints Chrysostom and Jerome, and of Oecumenius. The heathen Manilius similarly wrote,
. . . nostrumque parentem
Stirps sua,

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