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PostSubject: Astronomical symbols   Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:35 pm

Astronomical symbols are symbols used to represent various celestial objects, theoretical constructs and observational events in astronomy. The earliest forms of these symbols appear in Greek papyri of late antiquity. The Byzantine codices in which the Greek papyri were preserved continued and extended the inventory of astronomical symbols.[1][2] New symbols were further invented to represent many just-discovered planets and minor planets discovered in the 18th-20th centuries.
All these symbols were once commonly used by professional astronomers, amateur astronomers, and astrologers. They are still used in almanacs and astrological publications, but with the exception of the Sun and Earth symbols they have fallen into disuse in published research and texts on astronomy.[3


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