The Compound of Five Rhombic Dodecahedra

This is the compound of five rhombic dodecahedra, with each component shown in a different color. This is one of the few well-known polyhedral compounds which is actually more attractive with the faces hidden, and that’s what’s shown in the next image.

RD 5

I made these images using Stella 4d: Polyehdron Navigator, which you can try for free at

A Rhombic Triacontahedron, Vertices Surrounded By Smaller Rhombic Triacontahedra, and Its Interesting Dual

The first image shows a central yellow rhombic triacontahedron, with smaller, blue rhombic triacontahedra attached to each of its thirty-two vertices. The second polyhedron shown is the dual of the first one, with colors chosen by the number of sides per face in the second image — pentagons red, and triangles yellow. The convex hull of this second polyhedral complex shown would be an icosidodecahedron, itself the dual of the rhombic triacontahedron.

I use software called Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator to make the rotating polyhedral images on this blog. You can try Stella for yourself, for free, at

A Compound of Six Pentadecagonal Prisms

This chiral polyhedral compound was generated from a partial faceting of the polyhedron shown in the last post here, using Stella 4d‘s faceting function, plus its “try to make faces regular” operation afterwards. Making the six-prism compound in the first place was suggested by Tony Hartley, on Facebook, where I posted a link to that last post in a mathematical group for discussion. Thanks, Tony!

If you’d like to try Stella for yourself, the site to visit for a free trial download is

A Compound of the Icosahedron and the Small Stellated Dodecahedron

I found this by further stellation of the polyhedra shown in the two posts right before this one, using a program called Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator. You can try Stella for free at

A Compound of the Great Rhombicosidodecahedron and the Small Stellated Dodecahedron

I made this, using Stella 4d (available here), by multiple stellation of the faceted great rhombicosidodecahedron shown in the post immediately before this one.