Stellations

Thursday 16 May 2002

I have always been fascinated by stellations (even before I understood them). For example, the image in the upper-left corner of this page is the third stellation of a regular dodecahedron.

Vladimir Bulatov has written a great Java application for exploring stellations of a wide variety of regular polyhedra. I’ve never gotten the applet to launch properly from the web page, but after downloading it, it worked great. And: the source is available to tempt me to fiddle with it (must resist, must resist..).

Here’s an example of a stellation of the truncated cuboctahedron:

a stellation of the truncated cuboctahedron

If you don’t know what a stellation is, just poke around anyway. It’s cool.

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