heavenly body


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Noun1.heavenly body - natural objects visible in the skyheavenly body - natural objects visible in the sky  
natural object - an object occurring naturally; not made by man
minor planet, planetoid - any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sun
major planet, planet - (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction
planet - any celestial body (other than comets or satellites) that revolves around a star
planetesimal - one of many small solid celestial bodies thought to have existed at an early stage in the development of the solar system
primary - (astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it
quasar, quasi-stellar radio source - a starlike object that may send out radio waves and other forms of energy; many have large red shifts
satellite - any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
star - (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
star - any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night
cosmos, macrocosm, universe, world, existence, creation - everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence"
winkle, twinkle, scintillate - emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
Translations

heavenly body

n (Astron) → corpo celeste
References in classic literature ?
The moon being the heavenly body much the nearest to us, of course we see farther into its secrets than into those of any other planet.
If there's a screw loose in a heavenly body, that's philosophy; and if there's screw loose in a earthly body, that's philosophy too; or it may be that sometimes there's a little metaphysics in it, but that's not often.
I should keep well within the limit of that early excess now, and should not liken the creation of Shakespeare to the creation of any heavenly body bigger, say, than one of the nameless asteroids that revolve between Mars and Jupiter.
The "bit of womanhood" was our old acquaintance Bessy Cranage, otherwise Chad's Bess, whose large red cheeks and blowsy person had undergone an exaggeration of colour, which, if she had happened to be a heavenly body, would have made her sublime.
The paper clarifies what it is for a heavenly body to possess a nature and argues that a body's nature cannot be a final cause unless the natural body possesses capacities that are exercised for the sake of its nature qua form.
The film, which translates to Heavenly Body, is a coming of age story about a young girl who has recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years.
Tiangong-1or Heavenly Body, China's space station module.
It must be written in the stars, but Russell is a heavenly body who can't put a foot wrong at the moment.
How else do you explain what's just happened to Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson, if it wasn't some heavenly body pointing out that every bad human action sparks a reaction?
The heavenly body, made up of ice, dust and small rock particles, put the City of Angels in the shade, with its classic tail captivating skygazers.
Next week a cast of the heavenly body - together with a small piece of the original - will be brought up to the town by museum staff who will be asking local people to share their stories.
Heavenly Body Whether you see it as star or sun, the layered rays of the 42-inch Galaxy mirror ($623) reflect gold and silver for dazzling interior spaces.