When the asteroids were first being discovered starting in 1800, they were awarded astrological symbols just like the planets. In 1851, when some were calling for a switch to a simpler and more memorable numerical system, Benjamin Gould, editor of the Astronomical Journal, stated:

I understand this decision, but I think it was motivated by fear. I can do better.

This wiki is a passion project by Joshua Stenzel to develop an iconic and distinctive symbol for every named non-stellar object in the night sky - including planets, moons, comets, dwarf planets, and even exoplanets. I have already developed thousands of interrelated symbols, based on symbols from a wide range of cultures and time periods.

There are approximately 10,000 minor planets with official IAU names. I estimate that I have gathered or assembled symbols for at least 2000 of them, and I am continuing to develop more. In time, I will record them here.

Right now this wiki is in the early stages of construction! Later, it will be filled with articles for each symbolized body, including descriptions and design choices for the symbol, and other things, like my manifesto and general design guidebook for this project. For the time being, I'm afraid it mainly has hand-drawn images and broken links.

You can contact me at nightskysymbology at gmail dot com. I encourage feedback and discussion about the symbols posted on this site.

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