The star is usually depicted with 5 or 8 beams; however, it is possible to find a star with 6, 7 or 9 beams as well.
The eight-pointed star is the most vivid representation of the Star-symbol, which beauty and symmetry impress everyone.
In Babylon, the eight-pointed star – the embodied light - contained solar circle, the cross of solstices, equinox and the four cardinal directions.
In Christianity the Star of Bethlehem is represented in the form of eight-pointed star, which let the Magi know about the birth of Jesus.
Eight-pointed star can be also found on maps. It is compass which shows the orientation of four cardinal and four ordinal directions and called as “windrose” or “compass rose”.
Have you paid attention to the symbol depicted on the emblem of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations? The main symbol is the white star of hope and salvation, which is represented by a vertically elongated octagon. In its center a distinctive sign of civil defense can be seen which is shown in the form of a blue triangle in the orange circle.
Cut out the separate parts and fold them according to the marked lines. Glue them together.
As a result you should get 8 parts; each of them will be a single beam.
One can specify the following mathematical characteristics in each of the five Platonic solids: 1....