Emoji for major planets at least?

Asmus Freytag (c) via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Thu Jan 18 12:46:24 CST 2018

On 1/18/2018 10:01 AM, John H. Jenkins wrote:
> Well, you can go with Venus = white planet, Mercury = grey planet, 
> Uranus = greenish planet, Neptune = bluish planet, Jupiter = striped 
> planet.
> As you say, though, without a context, none of them convey much and 
> Venus, at least, would just be a circle.
> Plus there's the question of the context in which someone would want 
> to send little pictures of the planets. This sounds like it would be 
> adding emoji just because.

"Earth" as in "a blue ball in space" is something that reached iconic 
status after the famous photo taken during the early Apollo missions. I 
could definitely see that used in a variety of possible contexts. And 
the recognition value is higher than for many recent emoji.

Saturn, with its rings (even though it's no longer the only one known 
with rings) also is iconic and highly recognizable. I lack imagination 
as to when someone would want to use it in communication, but I have the 
same issue with quite a few recent emoji, some of which are far less 
iconic or recognizable. I think it does lend itself to describe a 
"non-earth" type planet, or even the generic idea of a planet (as 
opposed to a star/sun).

Mars and Venus have tons of connotations, which could be expressed by 
using an emoji (as opposed to the astrological symbol for each), but 
only Mars is reasonably recognizable without lots of pre-established 
context. That red color.

In a detailed enough rendering, Jupiter, as a shaded "ball" with stripes 
and red dot would more recognizable than any of the remaining planets 
(on par or better with many recent emoji), but I see even less scope for 
using it metaphorically or in extended contexts.

If someone were to make a proposal, I would suggest to them to limit it 
to these four and to provide more of a suggestion as to how these might 
show up in use.

>> On Jan 18, 2018, at 10:44 AM, Asmus Freytag via Unicode 
>> <unicode at unicode.org <mailto:unicode at unicode.org>> wrote:
>> On 1/18/2018 6:55 AM, Shriramana Sharma via Unicode wrote:
>>> Hello people.
>>> We have sun, earth and moon emoji (3 for the earth and more for the
>>> moon's phases). But we don't have emoji for the rest of the planets.
>>> We have astrological symbols for all the planets and a few
>>> non-existent imaginary "planets" as well.
>>> Given this, would it be impractical to encode proper emoji characters
>>> for the rest of the planets, at least the major ones whose physical
>>> characteristics are well known and identifiable?
>>> I mean for example identifying Sedna and Quaoar
>>> (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EightTNOs.png) is probably not
>>> going to be practical for all those other than astronomy buffs but the
>>> physical shapes of the major planets are known to all high school
>>> students…
>> Earth = blue planet (with clouds)
>> Mars = red planet
>> Saturn = planet with rings
>> I don't think any of the other ones are identifiable in a 
>> context-free setting, unless you draw a "big planet with red dot" for 
>> Jupiter.
>> Earth would have to be depicted in a way that doesn't focus on 
>> "hemispheres", or you miss the idea of it as "planet".
>> A./

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