Definition of heliocentric in English:



  • 1Having or representing the sun as the centre, as in the accepted astronomical model of the solar system.

    Compare with geocentric
    • ‘Once upon a time, research into the idea of a heliocentric solar system was seen in the same light.’
    • ‘One of his greatest achievements, mathematical proof of a heliocentric solar system, continues to be used today as a major argument against the validity of astrology.’
    • ‘Because astronomers still disagree over the details of the heliocentric model, this material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
    • ‘In the heliocentric universe conceived by the sixteenth-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, for example, planets orbited the Sun in perfect circles.’
    • ‘What Copernicus did, that no one had done previously, was work out the mathematical details of the heliocentric model, based on the astronomical data available at the time.’
    • ‘By his thirties Copernicus had developed a heliocentric theory of the solar system in a document of a few fruitful pages.’
    • ‘They have a traditional belief in a heliocentric system and in elliptical orbits of astronomical phenomena.’
    • ‘Scientific transactions between east and west also contributed to Copernicus' account of the heliocentric nature of the solar system.’
    • ‘These and other observations were nails in the geocentric coffin, making Copernicus's heliocentric universe an increasingly persuasive concept.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why did the heliocentric astronomical paradigm replace the geocentric one?’
    • ‘The model universally accepted was Kepler's heliocentric solar system with elliptical orbits.’
    • ‘His discovery that the Sun is located far from the center of our galaxy had an impact on human thought similar to the paradigm shift caused by Copernicus's change from a geocentric to a heliocentric model for the universe.’
    • ‘He seems to have been an early believer of the heliocentric theory of the solar system.’
    • ‘Evolution is a fact: as much a fact as plate tectonics or the heliocentric solar system.’
    • ‘Now Copernicus' heliocentric theory wasn't exactly new nor was it based on purely empirical observation.’
    • ‘Kepler comes under great criticism by the geocentrists because of the great role that he played in the acceptance of the heliocentric model.’
    • ‘Shermer points out that Copernicus's heliocentric system was, for scientific and ideological reasons, slow to be accepted.’
    • ‘One of the most important of these was the heliocentric theory Copernicus had proposed thirty years earlier.’
    • ‘Apart from the above we must also take into account the noncircularity of the Earth's heliocentric orbit.’
    1. 1.1Astronomy Measured from or considered in relation to the centre of the sun.
      ‘heliocentric distance’
      • ‘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%.’