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Regular megagon
Circle - black simple.svg
A regular megagon
Type Regular polygon
Edges and vertices 1000000
Schläfli symbol {1000000}, t{500000}, tt{250000}, ttt{125000}, tttt{62500}, ttttt{31250}, tttttt{15625}
Coxeter diagram CDel node 1.pngCDel 10.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel node.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 5.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel 0x.pngCDel node 1.png
Symmetry group Dihedral (D1000000), order 2×1000000
Internal angle (degrees) 179.99964°
Dual polygon self
Properties convex, cyclic, equilateral, isogonal, isotoxal

A megagon is a polygon with 1 million sides (mega-, from the Greek μέγας megas, meaning "great").[1][2] Even if drawn at the size of the Earth, a regular megagon would be very difficult to distinguish from a circle.

Regular megagon[edit]

A regular megagon is represented by Schläfli symbol {1000000} and can be constructed as a truncated 500000-gon, t{500000}, a twice-truncated 250000-gon, tt{250000}, a thrice-truncaed 125000-gon, ttt{125000), or a four-fold-truncated 62500-gon, tttt{62500}, a five-fold-truncated 31250-gon, ttttt{31250}, or a six-fold-truncated 15625-gon, tttttt{15625}.

A regular megagon has an interior angle of 179.99964°.[1] The area of a regular megagon with sides of length a is given by

A = 250000a^2 \cot \frac{\pi}{1000000}.

The perimeter of a regular megagon inscribed in the unit circle is:

2000000 \sin\frac{\pi}{1000000},

which is very close to 2π. In fact, for a circle the size of the Earth's equator, with a circumference of 40,075 kilometres, one edge of a megagon inscribed in such a circle would be about 40 meters long. The difference between the perimeter of the inscribed megagon and the circumference of this circle comes to less than 1/16 millimeters.[3]

Because 1000000 = 26 × 56, the number of sides is not a product of distinct Fermat primes and a power of two. Thus the regular megagon is not a constructible polygon. Indeed, it is not even constructible with the use of neusis or an angle trisector, as the number of sides is neither a product of distinct Pierpont primes, nor a product of powers of two and three.

Philosophical application[edit]

Like René Descartes' example of the chiliagon, the million-sided polygon has been used as an illustration of a well-defined concept that cannot be visualised.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

The megagon is also used as an illustration of the convergence of regular polygons to a circle.[11]


The regular megagon has Dih1000000 dihedral symmetry, order 2000000, represented by 1000000 lines of reflection. Dih100 has 48 dihedral subgroups: (Dih500000, Dih250000, Dih125000, Dih62500, Dih31250, Dih15625), (Dih200000, Dih100000, Dih50000, Dih25000, Dih12500, Dih6250, Dih3125), (Dih40000, Dih20000, Dih10000, Dih5000, Dih2500, Dih1250, Dih625), (Dih8000, Dih4000, Dih2000, Dih1000, Dih500, Dih250, Dih125, Dih1600, Dih800, Dih400, Dih200, Dih100, Dih50, Dih25), (Dih320, Dih160, Dih80, Dih40, Dih20, Dih10, Dih5), and (Dih64, Dih32, Dih16, Dih8, Dih4, Dih2, Dih1). It also has 49 more cyclic symmetries as subgroups: (Z1000000, Z500000, Z250000, Z125000, Z62500, Z31250, Z15625), (Z200000, Z100000, Z50000, Z25000, Z12500, Z6250, Z3125), (Z40000, Z20000, Z10000, Z5000, Z2500, Z1250, Z625), (Z8000, Z4000, Z2000, Z1000, Z500, Z250, Z125), (Z1600, Z800, Z400, Z200, Z100, Z50, Z25), (Z320, Z160, Z80, Z40, Z20, Z10, Z5), and (Z64, Z32, Z16, Z8, Z4, Z2, Z1), with Zn representing π/n radian rotational symmetry.

John Conway labels these lower symmetries with a letter and order of the symmetry follows the letter.[12] r2000000 represents full symmetry and a1 labels no symmetry. He gives d (diagonal) with mirror lines through vertices, p with mirror lines through edges (perpendicular), i with mirror lines through both vertices and edges, and g for rotational symmetry.

These lower symmetries allows degrees of freedom in defining irregular myriagons. Only the g1000000 subgroup has no degrees of freedom but can seen as directed edges.


A megagram is an million-sided star polygon. There are 199,999 regular forms[13] given by Schläfli symbols of the form {1000000/n}, where n is an integer between 2 and 500,000 that is coprime to 1,000,000. There are also 300,000 regular star figures in the remaining cases.


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  3. ^ Williamson, Benjamin, An Elementary Treatise on the Differential Calculus, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899. Page 45.
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  10. ^ Potter, Vincent G., On Understanding Understanding: A Philosophy of Knowledge, 2nd ed, Fordham University Press, 1993, p. 86, ISBN 0-8232-1486-9.
  11. ^ Russell, Bertrand, History of Western Philosophy, reprint edition, Routledge, 2004, p. 202, ISBN 0-415-32505-6.
  12. ^ The Symmetries of Things, Chapter 20
  13. ^ 199,999 = 500,000 cases - 1 (convex) - 100,000 (multiples of 5) - 250,000 (multiples of 2) + 50,000 (multiples of 2 and 5)