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Astronomical symbols

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Chinese Celestial symbols on an antique bronze mirror

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

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Miscellaneous symbols

namesymbolUnicode
cometU+2604
SunU+2609
ascending nodeU+260A
descending nodeU+260B
conjunctionU+260C
oppositionU+260D

Symbols of planets

namesymbolUnicodeimageorigin
first quarter MoonU+263DMissing image
Moon_symbol.ant.png
Moon

crescent moon (increscent)
last quarter MoonU+263EMissing image
Moon_symbol_lq.ant.png
Moon

crescent moon (decrescent)
MercuryU+263FMissing image
Mercury_symbol.ant.png
Mercury

Mercury's winged helmet and caduceus
VenusU+2640Missing image
Venus_symbol.ant.png
Venus

Venus's hand mirror
EarthU+2641Missing image
Earth_symbol.ant.png
Earth

globe with equator and a meridian
MarsU+2642Missing image
Mars_symbol.ant.png
Mars

Mars's shield and spear
JupiterU+2643Missing image
Jupiter_symbol.ant.png
Jupiter

Jupiter's thunderbolt or eagle
SaturnU+2644Missing image
Saturn_symbol.ant.png
Saturn

Saturn's sickle or scythe
UranusU+2645Missing image
Uranus_symbol.ant.png
Uranus

H for William Herschel
NeptuneU+2646Missing image
Neptune_symbol.ant.png
Neptune

Neptune's trident
PlutoU+2647Missing image
Pluto_symbol.ant.png
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

nametranslationsymbolUnicode
AriesramU+2648
TaurusbullU+2649
GeminitwinsU+264A
CancercrabU+264B
LeolionU+264C
VirgovirginU+264D
LibrascaleU+264E
ScorpioscorpionU+264F
SagittariusarcherU+2650
Capricornsea-goatU+2651
AquariuswaterbearerU+2652
PiscesfishU+2653

External websites about Astronomical Symbols

When did Asteroids become Minor Planets? (http://aa.usno.navy.mil/hilton/AsteroidHistory/minorplanets.html)

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