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heliocentric

[¦hē·lē·ō¦sen·trik]
(astronomy)
Relative to the sun as a center.
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They couldn't very well deny heliocentricity, so they claimed God altered the refractive index of the atmosphere in order to extend the daylight for Joshua's benefit!
This, of course, is the element which some scholars have exaggerated into 'sun-worship', although such an exaggeration may be a way of explaining the persuasive force in Kepler's mind of the just mentioned theological argument for terrestrial heliocentricity. But this brings us to some criticism.
Recognized by scientists all over the world as the key organizing principle in biology, comparable to gravity in physics and heliocentricity in astronomy and solidly confirmed by every branch of earth science and biology since Charles Darwin first advanced it in 1864, evolution has come under increasing, and increasingly successful, attack from Christian fundamentalists.
Scientists such as Kepler in Prague or Thomas Harriot and the group around the Ninth Earl of Northumberland in England all discussed the question of the infinity of the universe through an explicit reference to Bruno's cosmological dialogues.(23) For in works such as his De l'infinito, written and published in London in 1584, and his De immenso et innumerabilibus, published in Frankfurt in 1591, Bruno had been the first to expand Copernican heliocentricity in terms of an infinite universe containing an infinite number of worlds.