I want to get this specific set of symbols through some latex packages.

enter image description here Photo source: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/680/solar-system-symbols/

I have tried using the packages mathabx and wasysym.

The package mathabx gives my desired earth symbol and the symbols font is scaled properly when I am using them as subscripts. But I don't like its Saturn symbol. Also, it's giving some error messages by interacting with the other important packages such as amsfont, amsmath etc.

On the other hand, the package wasysym doesn't give my desired earth symbol, and the symbols font isn't scaled properly when I am using them as subscripts. My issue can be understood by running this MWE:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article}  % Default class for composing an article
\usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb, amsfonts} 


    \text{Using mathabx : }& \nonumber \\
    & \Saturn : g_\Saturn, \quad \Earth : g_\Earth \\
        \text{Using wasysym : }& \nonumber \\
        & \saturn : g_{\saturn}, \quad \earth : g_{\earth} 

    \text{Using mathabx : }& \nonumber \\
    &\frac{\Delta m_\Saturn}{m-m_\Earth} = \left( 1 - e^{-\frac{\Delta v_\Saturn}{I_{\text{sp}}g_\Earth}} \right) \label{del m_A}  \\
        \text{Using wasysym : }& \nonumber \\
        & \frac{\Delta m_{\saturn}}{m-m_{\earth}} = \left( 1 - e^{-\frac{\Delta v_{\saturn}}{I_{\text{sp}}g_{\earth}}} \right) \label{del m_A} 


How can I generate the desired symbols as given in the photo and also with proper font scaling (while using as subscript/superscript)? Are there any other dedicated/updated packages available for these symbols?

  • 2
    It is possible to use mathabx glyphs without loading the package. Of course, this does not solve the problem of your disliking Saturn.
    – Bernard
    Nov 13, 2020 at 13:20
  • 2
    You can also use them from Unicode.
    – Davislor
    Nov 13, 2020 at 14:04
  • Does the astro package work for you?
    – usernumber
    Nov 17, 2020 at 15:40
  • @usernumber, no I haven't tried the astro package.
    – raf
    Nov 17, 2020 at 16:17
  • Hi @Bernard, since I like some mathabx symbols but I prefer do not load the package; can you provide and example how to do this?
    – g_don
    Nov 18, 2022 at 20:54

1 Answer 1


Here is an option using the starfont package. Math versions of the symbols are declared separately to provide proper scaling in sub/superscripts.

    starfontserif % comment for sans glyphs



Sun & \Sun \\
Mercury & \Mercury \\
Venus & \Venus \\
Earth & \Terra & \varTerra \\
Moon & \Moon & \varMoon \\
Mars & \Mars \\
Jupiter & \Jupiter \\
Saturn & \Saturn \\
Uranus & \Uranus & \varUranus \\
Neptune & \Neptune \\
Pluto & \Pluto & \varPluto

    & \mathSaturn : g_\mathSaturn, \quad \mathTerra : g_\mathTerra

    &\frac{\Delta m_\mathSaturn}{m-m_\mathTerra} = \left( 1 - e^{-\frac{\Delta v_\mathSaturn}{I_{\mathrm{sp}}g_\mathTerra}} \right)



You can figure out the numbers used in \DeclareMathSymbol by looking at the corresponding definitions in starfont.sty.

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