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astronomical symbol

(traditional symbols specific to astronomy, for Sun, Earth, etc.)

Astronomy has used a number of symbols (astronomical symbols), such as an asterisk-like symbol (but often with five points) for a star and a circle with a dot in the center for the Sun. Those two and the symbol for Earth are those that remain the most common, most often as subscripts. Some common ones:

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Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomical_symbols

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