A Moravian star (German: Herrnhuter Stern) is an illuminated piece of Advent or Christmas decoration popular in Germany and in places in America and Europe where there are Moravian congregations.
The stars take their English name from the Moravian Church; in Germany, they are known as Herrnhut stars, named for the Moravian Mother Community in Saxony, Germany, where they were first commercially produced.
There are many forms of Moravian stars, but the most commonly seen and most widely available is the 26-point form, composed of eighteen square and eight triangular cone shaped points.
This shape is technically known as a Great Stellated Rhombicuboctahedron.
Each face of the geometric solid in the middle, the Rhombicuboctahedron, serves as the base for the “stellations” or starburst points.
These Moravian Stars are located in the Sunken Garden section of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, MN.