Have you ever seen a snowflake? Snowflakes grow as moist air freezes in a cloud. No two snowflakes are alike. But they have shapes in common. Let’s see some.
Columns and NeedlesCOURTESY KENNETH LIBBRECHT
These crystals form in warmer temperatures. They are long and thin. They might look like small hairs on your clothes.
Diamond DustCOURTESY KENNETH LIBBRECHT
This is the smallest type of snowflake. It has six sides. This type forms in very cold weather.
Twelve-BranchedCOURTESY KENNETH LIBBRECHT
Sometimes, two snowflakes join in midair. They can form a snowflake like this. Can you count its branches?
Stellar DendritesMARIANNA ARMATA—GETTY IMAGES
This is the most common type of snowflake. It has six branches.
Did You Know?SEPIA TIMES/UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP/GETTY IMAGES
This is Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley. In 1885, he took the first picture of a snowflake. He learned that every snowflake is different.