I was hoping there was some astronomy or astrology symbol for the Milky Way, but no luck so far. Anyone have a clever way I could make such a symbol, perhaps one that resembles a spiral galaxy?

Some people have taken this question to be about printing a simple spiral in LaTeX. But most spiral galaxies do not resemble spirals. The Milky Way, for example, has quite a few arms.

One might argue that it resembles an asterisk whose pixels undergo a rotation about the asterisk center, where the angle of rotation is proportional to the pixel radius. But I'm not sure how one would accomplish that kind of rotation in LaTeX — it's just the best thought I've had so far.

I've also looked through the comprehensive list of LaTeX symbols, and I do not see one which resembles a spiral galaxy.

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    Maybe take an galaxy icon and include it as image google.de/search?hl=de&q=icon%20galaxy Aug 25, 2016 at 14:58
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    Apparently none of the close-voters know the difference between a spiral and a spiral galaxy ;-)
    – user31729
    Aug 26, 2016 at 13:24
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    Vote to reopen: This question is less specific. A galaxy symbol is not necessarily a spiral, even if it is one "that perhaps resembles a spiral galaxy". For instance, a rotated \S could be a legitimate answer here (resemble a barred spiral galaxy) , but not in the linked question.
    – Fran
    Aug 27, 2016 at 3:43
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    You are lucky man! Vacation without of internet tyranny! What a luxury :-). Seriously: I doubt that exist a spiral symbol with many arms. A solution seems to be draw it by some program (pstrick, tikz) .
    – Zarko
    Sep 8, 2016 at 18:26
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A creation of the galaxy symbol to spire with a \newcommand{\galaxy}. This picture is been by me created with a vectorial software. The .pdf file is no longer available but you can use the image given.

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This is a galaxy spiral \galaxy.

Here is the image converted (from png) to hi-res jpeg:

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