Definition of heliocentric in English:


Line breaks: helio|cen¦tric
Pronunciation: /ˌhiːlɪə(ʊ)ˈsɛntrɪk


  • 1Having or representing the sun as the centre, as in the accepted astronomical model of the solar system. Compare with geocentric.
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    • The model universally accepted was Kepler's heliocentric solar system with elliptical orbits.
    • Just as the Western church refused at first to accept the heliocentric model of Copernicus, so modern astronomy so far chooses to dismiss this second discovery.
    • Scientific transactions between east and west also contributed to Copernicus' account of the heliocentric nature of the solar system.
  • 1.1 Astronomy Measured from or considered in relation to the centre of the sun: heliocentric distance
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    • The varying relationship between geocentric and heliocentric longitudes makes it difficult to calculate the exact chance of such a thing happening in any chart, but it is certainly over 95%.



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  • These maps are oriented heliocentrically, the north is at the top, the west is on the right.
  • Astrology is a great key to determining the true sequence of planetary orbits, both heliocentrically and geocentrically.
  • Simply, the Earth sign stands opposite the Sun in longitude - exact to the degree, minute and second, whether seen geocentrically or heliocentrically.

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