Four Polyhedra Featuring Heptagons

Heptagons only appear infrequently in interesting polyhedra. I recently found a few that I like.

Icosidodeca 2nd tetstell with heptagons and triangles is pyritohedral.gif

To form the first of these solids, shown above, I started with the icosidodecahedron, dropped the symmetry of the model from icosahedral to tetrahedral, and then stellated it twice using Stella 4d (available here). To obtain the model shown below, which also features heptagons and triangles, I stellated it once more. Both of these polyhedra have pyritohedral symmetry.

Icosidodeca 3rd tetstell with heptagons and triangles is pyritohedral.gif

To form the next model shown, I began with an rhombicosidodecahedron, set it to tetrahedral symmetry, and stellated it eight times. This produces a chiral solid with tetrahedral symmetry.

Stellated Rhombicosidodeca 8th tetstell features 8 heptagons tet symmetry.gif

For the last of these four polyhedra featuring heptagons, I began with the snub dodecahedron, dropped the symmetry of the model down from icosahedral to tetrahedral, and then stellated it sixty-one times. The resulting solid is chiral, with tetrahedral symmetry.

Snub Dodeca 61st tetstell.gif

Three Polyhedra Featuring Heptagons

For some reason I do not fully understand, polyhedra featuring heptagons, even if irregular, do not appear often, at least not in my geometrical investigations — so I was pleased to find these three, using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, available at

A Box of Heptagons

It is hard to find polyhedra which contain regular heptagons, but that simply makes the search more challenging, and therefore more fun. This polyhedron features six regular heptagons, and was created with Stella 4d, software available here.

Box of Heptagons

A Star with 49 Points, to Celebrate the 49-Hour Weekend Caused by the End of Daylight Saving Time, Tomorrow, in Most of the USA


This is the weekend that Daylight Saving Time (or DST) ends in most parts of the USA, which means that this is the only weekend of the year, here, which lasts 49 hours, rather than the usual 48.

To celebrate this once-a-year event, I created the design above, based on the number 49. I started by making one heptagram, inscribed in a circle. The heptagram I used is one of two which exist, and is also called the {7/3} star heptagon. It looks like this:


After making one of these, I then rotated it 1/49th of a full rotation, repeatedly, until I had seven of them inscribed in the circle. Seven times seven, of course, is 49, so this created one type (many are possible) of 49-pointed star. Also, I had already extended the line segments to form lines, so that this geometrical design would extend outside the circle. Next came thickening and blackening these lines, as well as the circle, and re-coloring the red points to be black, as well.

All of this work was performed using Geometer’s Sketchpad. I then took a screenshot, moved the design to MS-Paint, and used that program to add the colors seen in the image at the top of this post.

I don’t like Daylight Saving Time, and never have, but I do enjoy the end of it, when it arrives once each year, and we get our “missing” hour returned to us — the one which was stolen from one of our weekends in the Spring.

To those who live in areas which do not observe DST, such as most of Arizona, you are fortunate — at least in this one respect. Heart attacks actually increase when DST starts each year — a fact which can be easily verified with Google. There are other problems with DST, as well. Daylight Saving Time (one of the worst ideas Benjamin Franklin ever had) should be abolished. Everywhere.

A Survey of Right Angles in Convex Heptagons


In how many ways can different numbers of right angles appear in convex heptagons?

Heptagons do not have to have right angles at all, of course. If a heptagon has exactly one right angle, only one arrangement is possible:  a right angle, and six oblique angles (“oblique” means non-right, so it includes both acute and obtuse angles).

With two right angles, there are three possibilities. In the first one shown, the right angles are consecutive. In the second, one oblique angle appears between the right angles. In the third, two oblique angles appear between the right angles. Increasing two oblique angles to three is simply a repeat of the third three-right angle heptagon, so this set stops with exactly three members.

With three right angles, I have found four possibilities:  (1) all three right angles appear consecutively; (2) two right angles are consecutive, and one of them has one oblique angle between it and the third right angle; (3) two right angles are consecutive, and each of them has two oblique angles between it and the third right angle; and (4) None of the three right angles is consecutive. In this heptagon, the number of oblique angles which appear between the three different right-angle pairs are one, one, and two.

I have found no others, and, after searching to exhaustion, I do not think any other arrangement of right and oblique angles in a convex heptagon is possible. However, this is a conjecture, not a proof, and may, in fact, be incorrect. If you can provide proof that this listing of possibilities is complete, or a counterexample to show that it is not, please leave a comment with details.



Heptagon Heaven

Recently, someone who follows my blog asked for my permission to use one of the images here (a tessellation featuring regular heptagons, etc.) as the artwork to accompany a piece of music he created. I granted permission without hesitation, and am now posting a link to his song, Heptagon Heaven’s “Destroy the System.”

Two Polyhedra Which Feature Heptagons


Some Polyhedra Which Feature Heptagons

It’s unusual to encounter heptagons in any survey of polyhedra . . . so I made a couple. I didn’t see any reason to limit myself to regular heptagons, though.

sixty heptagons 20 hexagons sixty kites 140 faces total

I made these using Stella 4d, which is available at