Since shortly after I learned of their existence, I have found the rhombicosidodecahedron to be the most attractive of the Archimedean solids. That’s a personal aesthetic statement, of course, not a mathematical one.
This solid has a long stellation-series. With Stella 4d, the program I used to make these images, it’s easy to simply scroll through them. The stellation of this polyhedron follows these stellation-diagrams; I used Stella 4d to make them as well. You may research, try, or buy this program at this website. The first of these stellation-diagrams is for the planes of the twelve pentagonal faces.
For the planes of the twenty triangular faces, this is the stellation-diagram:
The following survey of the first hundred stellations is not intended to be exhaustive; I’m including all those I find worthy of inclusion on subjective aesthetic grounds. The first stellation shown here is actually the 25th stellation of the rhombicosidodecahedron:
Next, the 30th stellation:
The next one is the 33rd stellation.
And next, the 38th stellation.
Here is the 46th stellation:
And the 48th stellation:
Next, the 58th stellation:
And now, the 62nd stellation.
Next is the 85th stellation; it’s also a compound of an icosahedron (blue), and a yellow polyhedron I have not yet identified, except as the nth stellation of something. This I know: I have seen the yellow polyhedron before. If you happen to know what it is, the identify it in a comment.
The next stellation shown is the next one in the series, the 86th. It demonstrates a phenomenon I have observed, but cannot explain, and that is the tendency, in sequences of stellations, to have a large number of similar stellations in a row, followed by a sudden, much more extreme change in appearance, from one stellation to the next, as seen here. It’s a phenomenon which I would like to better understand.
To be continued, with selections from the next hundred stellations….