Illustration of a square inscribed in a closed concave geometric figure with 24 sides in the shape of a 12-point star. The two figures are concentric.

Square Inscribed in a 12-Point Star

Illustration of a square inscribed in a closed concave geometric figure with 24 sides in the shape of…

Illustration of an equilateral triangle inscribed in a closed concave geometric figure with 24 sides in the shape of a 12-point star. The two figures are concentric.

Triangle Inscribed In A 12-Point Star

Illustration of an equilateral triangle inscribed in a closed concave geometric figure with 24 sides…

Star with 5 points with lines of symmetry.

Star, 5-Point

Star with 5 points with lines of symmetry.

Star with 6 points with lines of symmetry.

Star, 6-Point

Star with 6 points with lines of symmetry.

"...and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way." Luke 2:9-12 KJV

<p>Illustration of three kings, or maji, worshiping Jesus and bringing him gifts. Jesus is sitting on Mary's lap. Two kings wearing crowns stand in front of Mary while a third, without a crown, kneels. Two sheep are asleep in the corner. Joseph and a donkey stand behind a low fence. Servants and a camel stand off to the side.The star in the east shines on to the scene.

Kings from the East Worship the Baby Jesus

"...and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where…

"And lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." Matthew 2:9-10 ASV
<p>The illustration depicts three magi or wise men following a star in search of the Christ child.

Journey of the Magi

"And lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the…

"Suppose a to be a stationary celestial object, then as the Earth makes her annual revolution around the Sun S, this object at one time will appear among the stars at e, but six months after, when the Earth comes to the opposite point in her orbit, the same object will be seen at c, the space from c to e being the annual parallax of the object a. But the distances of the stars are so great that the diameter of the Earth's orbit, or 190,000,000 of miles make no difference in their apparent places. Were the fixed stars within 19 trillions of miles, their distance could be told by their parallaxes." &mdash;Comstock, 1850

Annual Parallax

"Suppose a to be a stationary celestial object, then as the Earth makes her annual revolution around…

"A zodiacal constellation, supposed to represnt a man standing with his left hand extended upward, and his right pouring out a vase a stream of water, which flows into the mouth of a southern fish."-Whitney, 1902

Aquarius

"A zodiacal constellation, supposed to represnt a man standing with his left hand extended upward, and…

"A northern constellation situated in the Milky Way, nearly south of Lyra, and containing the bright star Altair."-Whitney, 1902

Aquila

"A northern constellation situated in the Milky Way, nearly south of Lyra, and containing the bright…

"Tergal skeleton of Asterius rubens. a, connecting pieces; b, spinebearing plates." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Asterius Rubens

"Tergal skeleton of Asterius rubens. a, connecting pieces; b, spinebearing plates." — Encyclopedia…

"Asterias rubens. a, 4-ranked pedicelis; b, end of pedicel magnified." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Asterius Rubens

"Asterias rubens. a, 4-ranked pedicelis; b, end of pedicel magnified." — Encyclopedia Britannica,…

"Antambulacral surface of Asterias rubens. a, madreporite; a', the same magnified; b, anus." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Asterius Rubens

"Antambulacral surface of Asterias rubens. a, madreporite; a', the same magnified; b, anus." —…

"The rays are sometimes very short, or altogether wanting, the body having the form of a pentagonal disk." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Astrogonium Phrygianum

"The rays are sometimes very short, or altogether wanting, the body having the form of a pentagonal…

"Originally used for any instrument used for observing stars; afterwards used for an instrument for measurement of altitute; replaced, in modern times, by the quadrant." &mdash; Williams, 1889

Astrolabe

"Originally used for any instrument used for observing stars; afterwards used for an instrument for…

"Section of ray of Astropecten aurantiacus. a, vertebral ossicles; b, adambulacral ossicles; c, d, marginal ossicles; e, paxillae." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Astropectenn Aurantiacus

"Section of ray of Astropecten aurantiacus. a, vertebral ossicles; b, adambulacral ossicles; c, d, marginal…

An ancient southern constellation, the Southern Fish.

Piscis Austrinus

An ancient southern constellation, the Southern Fish.

"Star of the Order of the Black Eagle." &mdash; Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Black Eagle

"Star of the Order of the Black Eagle." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Among the several species of Brittle-Star found in the British seas is the Common Brittle-Star, <em>Ophicoma rosula</em>, which displays the most varied hues, arranged in beautiful patterns." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Common brittle-star

Among the several species of Brittle-Star found in the British seas is the Common Brittle-Star, Ophicoma

Constellation: Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia

Constellation: Cassiopeia

An illustration of a young girl wishing upon a star through a window with large drapes

Child Wishing on a Star Through Window

An illustration of a young girl wishing upon a star through a window with large drapes

Illustration of a 6-point star (convex dodecagon) circumscribed about a circle. This can also be described as a circle inscribed in a 6-point star, or convex dodecagon.

Star Circumscribed About A Circle

Illustration of a 6-point star (convex dodecagon) circumscribed about a circle. This can also be described…

Illustration of an 8-point star (convex polygon) circumscribed about a circle. This can also be described as a circle inscribed in an 8-point star, or convex polygon.

Star Circumscribed About A Circle

Illustration of an 8-point star (convex polygon) circumscribed about a circle. This can also be described…

Illustration of a 5-point star inscribed in a circle. This can also be described as a circle circumscribed about a 5-point star.

Star Inscribed In A Circle

Illustration of a 5-point star inscribed in a circle. This can also be described as a circle circumscribed…

Illustration of a 6-point star created by two equilateral triangles (often described as the Star of David) inscribed in a circle. This can also be described as a circle circumscribed about a 6-point star, or two triangles.

Star Inscribed In A Circle

Illustration of a 6-point star created by two equilateral triangles (often described as the Star of…

Illustration of a 6-point star (convex dodecagon) inscribed in a circle. This can also be described as a circle circumscribed about a 6-point star, or convex dodecagon.

Star Inscribed In A Circle

Illustration of a 6-point star (convex dodecagon) inscribed in a circle. This can also be described…

Illustration of an 8-point star, created by two squares at 45&deg; rotations, inscribed in a circle. This can also be described as a circle circumscribed about an 8-point star, or two squares.

Star Inscribed In A Circle

Illustration of an 8-point star, created by two squares at 45° rotations, inscribed in a circle.…

Illustration of an 8-point star, or convex polygon, inscribed in a circle. This can also be described as a circle circumscribed about an 8-point star.

Star Inscribed In A Circle

Illustration of an 8-point star, or convex polygon, inscribed in a circle. This can also be described…

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward the center of the circle. (The arcs are inverted.) The design is then repeated and rotated 45&deg; to create the star-like illustration in scribed in the circle.

Reflected Arcs Of 2 Circles In A Circle

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward…

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and reflecting each arc toward the center of the circle. (The arcs are inverted.) The design is then repeated and rotated 45&deg; to create the star-like illustration.

Reflected Arcs Of 2 Circles

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and reflecting each arc toward the center of…

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and reflecting each arc toward the center of the circle. (The arcs are inverted.) The design is then repeated and rotated 45&deg; and the overlapping curves are removed to create the star-like illustration.

Reflected Arcs Of 2 Circles

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and reflecting each arc toward the center of…

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward the center of the circle. (The arcs are inverted.) The design is then repeated (a total of four times) and rotated 22.5&deg; to create the star-like illustration in scribed in the circle.

Reflected Arcs Of 4 Circles In A Circle

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward…

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward the center of the circle. (The arcs are inverted.) The design is then repeated (a total of four times) and rotated 22.5&deg; to create the star-like illustration.

Reflected Arcs Of 4 Circles In A Circle

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward…

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward the center of the circle. (The arcs are inverted.) The design is then repeated (a total of eight times) and rotated 11.25&deg; to create the star-like illustration in scribed in the circle.

Reflected Arcs Of 8 Circles In A Circle

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward…

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward the center of the circle. (The arcs are inverted.) The design is then repeated (a total of eight times) and rotated 11.25&deg; to create the star-like illustration.

Reflected Arcs Of 8 Circles

A design created by dividing a circle into 4 equal arcs and creating a reflection of each arc toward…

Illustration of a 6-point star (convex dodecagon) inscribed in a large circle and circumscribed about a smaller circle.

Star Inscribed And Circumscribed About Circles

Illustration of a 6-point star (convex dodecagon) inscribed in a large circle and circumscribed about…

Illustration of an 8-point star (convex polygon) inscribed in a large circle and circumscribed about a smaller circle.

Star Inscribed And Circumscribed About Circles

Illustration of an 8-point star (convex polygon) inscribed in a large circle and circumscribed about…

Illustration of a man using a cross-staff, a navigation tool used largely at sea. It was originally created for use in land navigation and finds latitude by measuring the distance of a star above the horizon. It cannot find longitude. The man in the drawing has the cross-staff positioned with the rod on his cheek. There is a star above him. He is wearing a wide, floppy-brimmed hat.

A Cross-Staff Used for Navigation at Sea

Illustration of a man using a cross-staff, a navigation tool used largely at sea. It was originally…

"Since A is producing light and larger than object B, the shadow of B continuously shrinks to a single point at C." &mdash;Quackenbos 1859

Diminish Shadow

"Since A is producing light and larger than object B, the shadow of B continuously shrinks to a single…

The constellation, with the north star also shown.

The Dipper

The constellation, with the north star also shown.

"If we suppose a spectator placed at G, in the Earth's center, he would see the moon E, among the stars at I, whereas without changing the position of the moon, if that body is seen from A, on the surface of the Earth, it would appear among the stars at K. Now I is the true and K the apparent place of the moon, the space between them, being the Moon's parallax." &mdash;Comstock, 1850

Diurnal Parallax

"If we suppose a spectator placed at G, in the Earth's center, he would see the moon E, among the stars…

This divider features stars in a horizontal line across the front, as well as folded, fluttery corners that appear almost like seashells. The divider can also be used as a banner with writing in between the stars.

Divider with Star Pattern

This divider features stars in a horizontal line across the front, as well as folded, fluttery corners…

Ornamentation of a semi-regular pointed star. Arabic, 16th century.

Doodad

Ornamentation of a semi-regular pointed star. Arabic, 16th century.

A four-pointed doodad

Doodad

A four-pointed doodad

"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, which parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." 2 Kings 2:11 ASV
<p>Illustration of the prophet Elijah riding in a chariot drawn by three horses, being taken up to heaven. The chariot's wheels are flaming. A line of clouds supports the chariot and horses. The chariot has a star on the front. Elisha can be seen kneeling and watching from the ground. Mountains and a small town are pictured below.

Elijah Taken up to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire and a Whirlwind

"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire,…

"Gules, an estoile argent," or a silver star on a red background. -Whitney, 1911

Estoile

"Gules, an estoile argent," or a silver star on a red background. -Whitney, 1911

"ETOILE. The French word for a star. It differs from the mullet in the number of points, and four of the points being rayant." -Hall, 1862

Etoile

"ETOILE. The French word for a star. It differs from the mullet in the number of points, and four of…

"The body is flattened and covered with several cacareous plates; the lower, or entral surface, bears the mouth and anus; and the ten slender rays are often branched to such an extent as to appear very numerous." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Rosy feather-star

"The body is flattened and covered with several cacareous plates; the lower, or entral surface, bears…

"Palaechinus sphaericus, Scouler; Carbouiferous, Ireland." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Palaechinus sphaericus, Scouler; Carbouiferous, Ireland." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Archaeocidaris Urii, Flem (spine and intermediate plate); Carboniferous, Ireland." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Archaeocidaris Urii, Flem (spine and intermediate plate); Carboniferous, Ireland." — Encyclopedia…

"Cidaris glandifera, Goldf (spine); Jura, Mount Carmel." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Cidaris glandifera, Goldf (spine); Jura, Mount Carmel." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Hemicidaris intermedia, Flem.; Corallian, Calne." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Hemicidaris intermedia, Flem.; Corallian, Calne." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Salenia petalifers, Desm., U Greensand, Wilts." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Salenia petalifers, Desm., U Greensand, Wilts." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Dysaster ringens, Ag., Inferior Oolite, Dorset." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Dysaster ringens, Ag., Inferior Oolite, Dorset." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Hemipneustes Greenovii, Forbes, U. Greensand, Blackdown" &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Hemipneustes Greenovii, Forbes, U. Greensand, Blackdown" — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Catopygus carinatus Goldf., U. Greensand, Wilts." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Catopygus carinatus Goldf., U. Greensand, Wilts." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Cidaris florigemma, with spine, a, and single ambulacral plate, magnified, b, (after Wright; Coral Rag." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Cidaris florigemma, with spine, a, and single ambulacral plate, magnified, b, (after Wright; Coral…

"Ananchytes ovatus, Lam.; U. Chalk, Europe." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Ananchytes ovatus, Lam.; U. Chalk, Europe." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Pygaster semisulcatus, Ph.; Inf. Oolite, Cheltenham." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Pygaster semisulcatus, Ph.; Inf. Oolite, Cheltenham." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Galerites albogalerus, Lam.; U. Chalk, Kent." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Galerites albogalerus, Lam.; U. Chalk, Kent." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Scutella subrotunda; Miocene, Malta." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fossil Echinidea

"Scutella subrotunda; Miocene, Malta." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893