Shapes and angular distributions can be parametrized in terms of their multipole components. Change the first few multipole moments and see the effect.
Multipole parametrizations are important in describing the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background, local atomic distributions in condensed matter physics, "event shapes" in particle physics, and shapes of nuclei.
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