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Astronomical symbols are symbols used to represent various celestial objects, theoretical constructs and observational events.

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Miscellaneous symbols


name symbol unicode
comet U+2604
Sun U+2609
ascending node U+260A
descending node U+260B
conjunction U+260C
opposition U+260D



Symbols of planets


name symbol unicode image origin
first quarter Moon U+263D Moon crescent moon (increscent)
last quarter Moon U+263E Moon crescent moon (decrescent)
Mercury U+263F Mercury Mercury's winged helmet and caduceus
Venus U+2640 Venus Venus's hand mirror
Earth U+2641 Earth globe with equator and a meridian
Mars U+2642 Mars Mars's shield and spear
Jupiter U+2643 Jupiter Jupiter's thunderbolt or eagle
Saturn U+2644 Saturn Saturn's sickle or scythe
Uranus U+2645 Uranus H for William Herschel
Neptune U+2646 Neptune Neptune's trident
Pluto U+2647 Pluto PL monogram for Pluto and
Percival Lowell


An image (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=167) of these symbols is available from NASA.


Zodiacal symbols


name translation symbol unicode
Aries ram U+2648
Taurus bull U+2649
Gemini twins U+264A
Cancer crab U+264B
Leo lion U+264C
Virgo virgin U+264D
Libra scale U+264E
Scorpio scorpion U+264F
Sagittarius archer U+2650
Capricorn sea-goat U+2651
Aquarius waterbearer U+2652
Pisces fish U+2653



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Astronomical symbols Encyclopedia (387 words)
Astronomical symbols are symbols used to represent various celestial objects, theoretical constructs and observational events in astronomy.
Many of the symbols are shared with western astrology, which uses multiple variant forms.
From a symbol for platinum, a combination of the symbols for Mars and the Sun
Astronomical symbols - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (151 words)
Astronomical symbols are symbols used to represent various celestial objects, theoretical constructs and observational events in astronomy.
Many of the symbols are shared with astrology.
The symbols listed here are commonly used by professional and amateur astronomers, and some are shared with astrology though there are differences depending on what part of the world you are in.
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