Reconstruction of the2001 Stanton Bridge formation |
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The Stanton Bridge formation is a very nice example of how intriguing and delicate the structure of a "crop circle" can be. I will give two reconstructions. The first is not accurate enough, and therefore I rejected it. At the end, I will show why. Then, I'll give a better (final) reconstruction. Here is the first reconstruction with little comment. | |||||

1a. |
Start with a circle. | ||||

2a. |
Two inscribed hexagons. | ||||

3a. |
Eight rays. | ||||

4a. |
Inscribed circle. | ||||

5a. |
Inscribed 12-pointed star. | ||||

6a. |
Circle. | ||||

7a. |
Clip off... | ||||

8a. |
...and retain only the outer star's points. | ||||

9a. |
One diagonal... | ||||

10a. |
...twelve times. | ||||

11a. |
Circle. | ||||

12a. |
Clip off... | ||||

13a. |
...and retain only the middle star's points. | ||||

14a. |
Diagonal... | ||||

15a. |
...twelve times. | ||||

16a. |
Circle. | ||||

17a. |
Clip off... | ||||

18a. |
...and retain only the inner star's points. | ||||

19a. |
Four circles, three stars. | ||||

20a. |
The final pattern. | ||||

21a. |
courtesy The Crop Circle Connector photo by: Steve Alexander | The result, matched with the aerial image. | |||

The result looks fairly good. But a more close observation shows its shortcomings. Let's look at some ground shots: | |||||

photo by: Stuart Dike | |||||

photo by: Stuart Dike | |||||

The inserted lines show clearly, that the outer and middle stars' points do not coincide with the lines connecting the stars' corner-points, as assumed in the above reconstruction. | |||||

So, here we go again! Here is a second trial, now fully commented. | |||||

1. |
Draw a circle. Draw the horizontal and vertical centerlines. | ||||

2. |
Construct the two circumscribed hexagons (regular 6-sided polygons) of circle 1, one pointing up, one pointing to the right. | ||||

3. |
Construct the circumscribed hexagon of hexagon 2, pointing to the right. | ||||

4. |
Construct the circumscribed circle of hexagon 3. | ||||

5. |
With the help of corner-points and intersections of hexagons 2, draw the 24 evenly distributed rays (horizontal and vertical centerlines included). | ||||

6. |
Construct a circle concentric to circle 1, passing through the mutual intersections of hexagons 2. | ||||

7. |
Construct the inscribed hexagon of circle 6, pointing to the right. | ||||

8. |
Construct the inscribed circle of hexagon 7. | ||||

9. |
Draw the connecting lines between intersections of circles 4 and 8 and the indicated rays. | ||||

10. |
Repeat this 11 times (12 in total) for all other corresponding intersections. | ||||

11. |
Construct a circle concentric to circle 1, passing through the indicated intersections of lines 9 and 10. | ||||

12. |
Clip off all parts of lines 9 and 10, except for the parts between the shown intersections, and all corresponding ones. | ||||

13. |
The twelve points of the outer star remain. | ||||

14. |
Construct the inscribed equilateral triangle of circle 11, pointing down. | ||||

15. |
Construct the inscribed circle of triangle 14. | ||||

16. |
Construct a circle concentric to circle 1, passing through the intersection of lines 9. | ||||

17. |
Construct two lines, connecting the intersection of circle 16 and the horizontal centerline on the left (so, the same interconnection as in the previous step) with the intersections of circle 11 and the two indicated rays. | ||||

18. |
Repeat this 11 times (12 in total) for the other corresponding intersections. | ||||

19. |
Clip off all parts of lines 17 and 18, except for the indicated parts between circles 11 and 15 and all corresponding ones. | ||||

20. |
Twelve points of the middle star remain. | ||||

21. |
Draw the connecting line between the intersections of circle 15 and the indicated rays. | ||||

22. |
Repeat this 11 times (12 in total) for the other corresponding intersections. | ||||

23. |
Construct a circle concentric to circle 1, passing through the indicated intersections of lines 21 and 22. | ||||

24. |
Clip off all parts of lines 21 and 22, and of rays, except for the indicated parts between circles 15 and 23 and all corresponding ones. | ||||

25. |
The twelve points of the inner star remain. | ||||

26. |
Circles 1, 11, 15 and 23, and the three 12-pointed stars, outer, middle and inner, form all the ingredients for the reconstruction. | ||||

27. |
Removing all parts not used, and making black the regions corresponding to standing crop, finish the reconstruction of the 2001 Stanton Bridge formation. | ||||

28. |
courtesy The Crop Circle Connector photo by: Steve Alexander | Now, the final result matches fine with the aerial image. | |||

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Copyright © 2001, Zef Damen, The Netherlands Personal use only, commercial use prohibited. | |||||

Since 1-February-2005 |