When choosing a database schema for a data warehouse, snowflake and star schemas tend to be popular choices. This comparison discusses suitability of star vs. snowflake schemas in different scenarios and their characteristics.
The star schema is the simplest data warehouse schema. It is called a star schema because the diagram resembles a star, with points radiating from a centre. The centre of the star consists of one or more fact tables and the points of the star are the dimension tables.
The snowflake schema is a variation of the star schema used in a data warehouse. The snowflake schema (sometimes called snowflake join schema) is a more complex schema than the star schema because the tables which describe the dimensions are normalized.