Why am I getting the error

Syntax::sntunc: Unicode longname in the string is unterminated.

from the following?

astroSymbol[name_String] := ToString[ToExpression["\[" <> name <> "]"]] <> "" ;

Is there something I need to do to wrap the escape sequence to avoid this error?

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    $\begingroup$ You have to escape the slash: "\\[" $\endgroup$ – Leonid Shifrin Nov 14 '12 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ That's the answer. I'm surprised it works at all without the escape (it generates the expected string). $\endgroup$ – orome Nov 14 '12 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ You can write an answer to your own question, now. :) $\endgroup$ – J. M. will be back soon Nov 14 '12 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ Related: (7610) $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Feb 8 '17 at 22:52

To include a backslash in a string, you need to escape it, like so:

"\\[" <> name <> "]"

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