A Multitude of Rubies
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.(Proverbs 20:5) KJV
The assumption of heliocentricity, Galileo’s bluff, affects the calculated distance to stellar objects. The heliocentric distance is greater because it’s derived from a triangle with a base which is 2AU wide.
We’re making a bold claim that stars aren’t distant suns and galaxies. That’s Galileo’s bluff. The stars are fragments, and swirls of fragments, of reflective rock in the Kuiper Belt. We refer to it as unknown luminous material (ULM) but we believe that most of it is crystalline firmament material (CFM).
If this is the case then, with today’s advanced telescopes, we would expect to see evidence of it. This is Hypothesis 30. We do. However, the evidence has been collected, interpreted and synthesized into a narrative which is compatible with the Star Trek universe, what you think of as popular science (SciPop).
It’s important to realize that scientific evidence isn’t evidence. It is an interpretation of evidence which has been tailored to fit the SciPop narrative, in this case, Star Trek. Technically speaking scientific evidence is a secondary source. We need to look at the primary sources of evidence, before the Trekkies put their spin on it.
The evidence that we have are measurements of luminosity and spectra. That’s it. We can’t measure the distance to stars. The values that SciPop calls distances are derived by using geometry. Unfortunately, geometry gives distances which are derived from your choice of paradigm. Distances derived by assuming heliocentricity are much greater than distances derived by assuming Geocentrosphericity.