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    Re: Degree sign in Windows
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2021 Aug 8, 07:18 -0700

    Herman,

    Bill Ritchie already described the best method for finding random characters: "On devices without a number pad, I use web search for the symbol I want.. The desired symbol is nearly always embedded somewhere near the top of the results, ready to copy and paste."

    Try searching on Aries symbol UTF-8. Unfortunately for us in the nautical astronomy world, the Aries symbol was downgraded (as Bill says, "hijacked") some years back during the GE (the Great Emojification). What you will probably discover is that there is no easy way to get a typographically clean, high-quality Aries symbol. Instead, since the zodiac symbols are used primarily in dating apps so that primates can mate with other primates born in the proper month of the year, you'll find an emoji version that has a border and a blue fill. Mating primates apparently get quite lusty when they are presented with this colorful symbology. Studies were, no doubt, performed.

    Not everything was lost during the GE. You can still get a relatively normal-looking symbol for the ascending node of an orbit: ☊ . While mostly historical, this is occasionally used even in the 21st century in orbital mechanics documents, but probably this, too, is mostly valued by astrologers.

    Frank Reed

       
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