Comparison of Geocentric and Heliocentric
Planetary Configurations

This page shows the world charts for the planetary configurations at selected dates from a geocentric (Earth-centered) point of view and from a heliocentric (Sun-centered) point of view, illustrating the difference. The orb settings are the same for each (namely, the orb settings shown here). The geocentric chart uses the tropical zodiac. The Moon is not included in the geocentric chart. (These images were produced by the the PAT and HPAT programs.)

The inner planets, of course, occupy very different postions in a heliocentric ecliptic than in a geocentric one. The outer planets less so, but enough that there are also major differences in the outer planet transits. When a particular outer planet transit (e.g., Uranus square Neptune) in one type of chart can be associated with with a transit of the same kind in the other, those transits usually occur at significantly different times.

September 11, 2001
Geocentric
 
September 11, 2001, geocentric
Heliocentric
 
September 11, 2001, heliocentric
 
March 31, 2002
Geocentric
 
March 31, 2002, geocentric
Heliocentric
 
March 31, 2002, heliocentric
 
December 21, 2012
Geocentric
 
December 21, 2012, geocentric
Heliocentric
 
December 21, 2012, heliocentric
 
November 1, 2013
Geocentric
 
November 1, 2013, geocentric
Heliocentric
 
November 1, 2013, heliocentric
 
November 13, 2013
Geocentric
 
November 13, 2013, geocentric
Heliocentric
 
November 13, 2013, heliocentric
 
September 11, 2015
Geocentric
 
September 11, 2015, geocentric
Heliocentric
 
September 11, 2015, heliocentric
 
November 5, 2015
Geocentric
 
November 5, 2015, geocentric
Heliocentric
 
November 5, 2015, heliocentric
 
January 7, 2016
Geocentric
 
November 5, 2015, geocentric
Heliocentric
 
January 7, 2016, heliocentric
 
February 28, 2016
Geocentric
 
November 5, 2015, geocentric
Heliocentric
 
January 7, 2016, heliocentric
 
May 29, 2048
Geocentric
 
Heliocentric
 
 

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