# Where would I get a symbol for a spiral galaxy?

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.

• Maybe take an galaxy icon and include it as image google.de/search?hl=de&q=icon%20galaxy – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Aug 25 '16 at 14:58
• Apparently none of the close-voters know the difference between a spiral and a spiral galaxy ;-) – user31729 Aug 26 '16 at 13:24
• 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 '16 at 3:43
• 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 '16 at 18:26
• – Thérèse Feb 7 '18 at 2:32

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.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\newcommand{\galaxy}{\includegraphics[width=0.13in]{image}}
\begin{document}
This is a galaxy spiral \galaxy.
\end{document}


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

• I have removed various comments here. – Joseph Wright Apr 6 '19 at 8:48