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U+263D, ☽

Miscellaneous Symbols
An 18th-century astronomical pillar in Scotland. The moons of Jupiter and Saturn are designated 1☽, 2☽, 3☽ &c. (leftmost column).
The 1833 US Nautical Almanac uses this symbol for both the first quarter moon phase (left) and as a generic symbol for the moon of any phase (right). Elsewhere in the almanac, ☾ is used as the generic symbol for the moon.



The lunar crescent is an ancient symbol for the moon.[1]

Alternative forms[edit]


  1. nighttime
  2. (astronomy, astrology) the Moon
    a subscript to variables in mathematical equations, such as π (lunar parallax)
    • 1803, Robert Patterson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, volume 40, Princeton University Press, published 2013, pages 71:
      Suppose the apparent angular distance of the sun & moon's nearest limbs [...] to be 110°.2′.30″ the app. alt of ☉'s lower limb measuring 20°.40′ and that of 's lower limb 35°.24′
  3. (astronomy) a moon (rare – see image at right)
  4. (astronomy, astrology) the first quarter of the Moon (rare)
  5. (alchemy) silver (archaic)
  6. (rare) Monday (refers to the Latin phrase dies Lunae, which literally means "Moon's day")


Related terms[edit]

Planetary symbols
Sun symbol (fixed width).svg · Mercury symbol (fixed width).svg · Venus symbol (fixed width).svg · Earth symbol (fixed width).svgGlobus cruciger (fixed width).svg · Moon crescent symbol (fixed width).svgMoon decrescent symbol (fixed width).svg · Mars symbol (fixed width).svg · Ceres symbol (fixed width).svg · Pallas symbol (fixed width).svg · Juno symbol (fixed width).svg · Vesta symbol (fixed width).svg · Hygiea symbol (astrological, fixed width).svg · Chiron symbol (fixed width).svg · Jupiter symbol (fixed width).svg · Saturn symbol (fixed width).svg · Uranus symbol (fixed width).svgUranus monogram (fixed width).svg · Neptune symbol (fixed width).svg · Pluto symbol (fixed width).svgPluto monogram (fixed width).svg · Orcus symbol (fixed width).svg · Haumea symbol (fixed width).svg · Quaoar symbol (fixed width).svg · Makemake symbol (fixed width).svg · Gonggong symbol (fixed width).svg · Eris symbol (fixed width).svgEris arrow symbol (uncapped).svg · Sedna symbol (fixed width).svg · Comet symbol (fixed width).svg


  1. ^ Jones, Alexander (1999) Astronomical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus, →ISBN, pages 62–63