Compound of twelve tetrahedra with rotational freedom

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Compound of twelve tetrahedra with rotational freedom
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Type Uniform compound
Index UC2
Polyhedra 12 tetrahedra
Faces 48 triangles
Edges 72
Vertices 48
Symmetry group octahedral (Oh)
Subgroup restricting to one constituent 4-fold improper rotation (S4)

This uniform polyhedron compound is a symmetric arrangement of 12 tetrahedra, considered as antiprisms. It can be constructed by superimposing six identical copies of the stella octangula, and then rotating them in pairs about the three axes that pass through the centres of two opposite cubic faces. Each stella octangula is rotated by an equal (and opposite, within a pair) angle θ. Equivalently, a stella octangula may be inscribed within each cube in the compound of six cubes with rotational freedom, which has the same vertices as this compound.

When θ=0, all six stella octangula coincide. When θ is 45 degrees, the stella octangula coincide in pairs yielding (two superimposed copies of) the compound of six tetrahedra.


  • Skilling, John (1976), "Uniform Compounds of Uniform Polyhedra", Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 79 (03): 447–457, doi:10.1017/S0305004100052440, MR 0397554 .