IAU names Chang’e-4 landing site on moon’s far side

earthsky.org | 2/22/2019 | EarthSky
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The International Astronomical Union (IAU) said on February 15, 2019, that it has named five sites on the far side of the moon, including the landing site on January 3 of this year of China’s Chang’e-4. The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Statio Tianhe for the landing site where the Chinese spacecraft touched down. It was the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon.

All five of the new names have significance in Chinese culture, the IAU said.

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The name Tianhe originates from the ancient Chinese name for the Milky Way. An old folk tale, known throughout Asia, held that the Milky Way was a Celestial River, separating two lovers (sometimes described as The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl). There are many variations of this legend. In China, it speaks of a forbidden romance between the goddess Zhinu or Zhinyu – often said to be represented by the star Vega in the constellation Lyra – and a humble farm boy, Niulang – represented by the star Altair in the constellation Aquila. Separated in the night sky by the Milky Way, or Celestial River, the two lovers are allowed to meet only once a year. It’s said that meeting comes on the seventh night of the seventh moon, when a bridge of magpies forms across the Celestial River, and the...
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