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Astronomical symbols

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Astronomical symbols are symbols used to represent various celestial objects, theoretical constructs and observational events. The modern symbols are as follows:

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
first quarter Moon U+263D
last quarter Moon U+263E
Mercury U+263F
Venus U+2640
Earth U+2641
Mars U+2642
Jupiter U+2643
Saturn U+2644
Uranus U+2645
Neptune U+2646
Pluto U+2647

The Neptune sign is a trident, and the sign for Pluto derives from the initials of Percival Lowell.

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

See also