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All snow crystals have six sides. The six-sided shape of the ice crystal is because of the shape and bonding of the water molecules. Basically there are 6 different types of snow crystals: needles, columns, plates, columns capped with plates, dendrites and stars.
the 120° crystal geometry of ice stems from the tetrahedral arrangement of electrons in the outer orbital shell of the Oxygen atom within each water molecule. Thus in order to get different numbers of points, one would have to crystalize something other than water.
Originally posted by dgtempe
are a tribe
of philosophers, theologians,
and similar maniacs
who are intrigued
GODDESS OF CONFUSION
Eris struck me?
Thank you for your input. They were just simple stars..five pointed stars..perfectly formed.
Originally posted by Yarcofin
I dunno, sounds to me like how snowflakes sorta get half-melted, they become a more solid shape and sort of sparkle/reflect more light. It basically goes from snow to ice to water in your hair in a split second. But you say that they were star-shaped, not just sparkled like stars so I dunno. Not much input I can give into that unless there were some close-up photographs or something.