Ah the power of emoji! To encompass even science and mythology!

Philippe Verdy via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Wed Aug 23 17:53:13 CDT 2017

Why this distinction with the left oright side on which you'll place the
"half moon" (which "half moon" when eclipses actually occur either on full
moons or new moons?) and the Sun ???

Note that Solar eclipses occur normally during the day at places where they
are observable, but not necessarily at zeith (midday) and the
representation of the Earth relative to the Sun, viewed from the side is in
fact wrong: we should have a "half Earth" and a blackspot on the light hald
of the moon or the light half of the Earth.

As well, looking an eclipse from the side (from space) you will not see
easily the eclipse occuring along the border of the light half.

Given the meaning associated to the half moons used below which imply
specific periods at which eclipses can absolutely never occur, I would not
use these compositions at all.

Showing cones of shadows would be more explicit, but I would only represent
two discs partly covering themselves:

- For the solar eclipse, a dark "New Moon" (light gray) passing in front of
the bright solar disc and hiding it partly. The Earth would not be
repredented directly. A coronal eclipse is also representable with some
solar rays emerging from one border.

    The common perception of eclipses are the solar ones as they occur only
during the day. They will not necessarily notice it if the solar eclipse
occurs in the early morning for them and the Sun is still low on the
horizon and sur to the diffusion of the solar light, by atmosphere, the
eclipse willl be difficult to see (the shadow will be much less black, the
effect will be similar to the presence of clouds on the horizon, they will
feel the sun is just a bit late to wake up or is falling down a bit sooner
and they won't feel the shift of temperatures).

- For the lunar eclipse, a light blue Earth passing in front of the full
Moon disc (dark grey) on which the Earth starts projecting a disc of
shadow. The Sun would not be represented directly

    Note that many people ignore the fact of lunar eclipses when they occur
(this occurs by night anyway, most people are sleeping. Many people don't
know if we are in times of new moons or full moons, the night may be
blacker than usual only because of clouds).

Given the composition I hardly see how you would compose it with existing
emojis for the (light blue) Earth emoji and the the (spotted) full moon, or
the (dark) new moon and the "spotted" Sun, except by encoding in the middle
a specific emoji representing both the act of eclipsing and the shadow
cone, or using joiners with a combining shadow.

- <EARTH + COMBINING SHADOW + ZWJ + FULL MOON> = lunar eclipse
- <NEW MOON + COMBINING SHADOW + ZWJ + SUN> = solar eclipse

2017-08-23 14:48 GMT+02:00 Shriramana Sharma via Unicode <
unicode at unicode.org>:

> ������ <-- lunar eclipse
> ������ <-- solar eclipse
> ������ <-- apocalypse
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