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Dunhuang star chart (The)

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  00:20:00  2009  Color  Sound

A spectacular document relating to the history of astronomy is brought back to light : the Dunhuang chart, a complete star atlas discovered in China in 1900 among 40 000 precious manuscripts hidden in a Buddhist monastery, along the Silk Road. Sealed in an hidden cave around the 11th century, these manuscripts, mostly religious Buddhist texts, were miraculously preserved thanks to a dry climate. A group of scholars led by Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud performs a detailed study of this unique document kept at the British Library in London. The analysis of the star chart reveals that it contains more than 1300 stars and was composed around the years +(649-684), using precise mathematical projection methods. It is the oldest known star chart from any civilisation and the first pictorial representation of the classical Chinese constellations.

Producer : CNRS Images
Director : BLUMBERG Jérôme
Scientific manager : BONNET BIDAUD Jean-Marc
Scientific referent : BONNET BIDAUD Jean-Marc
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of photographs.
Voice over.
PersonnalitiesBONNET BIDAUD Jean-Marc(AIM, CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette); BORGHESE Barbara(The British Library, IDP); KALINOWSKI Marc(Centre de recherche sur les civilisations chinoise, japonaise et tibetaine, UMR Collège de France, Ec. Pratique des Hautes Etudes, CNRS et Univ. Paris 7, Paris); WHITFIELD Susan(The British Library, IDP); WOOD Frances(The British Library, département chinois)
NotesAIM : Laboratoire Astrophysique, Interactions, Multi-échelles.
IDP : International Dunhuang Project.



Technical Sheet
Item No.2078
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportVideo DV Cam
VersionFrench ; English ; International version
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportDV Cam