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Five crucial tests of the cosmic distance scale using the Galaxy as fundamental standard


Five crucial tests of the ‘long’ and ‘short’ extragalactic distance scales based on a new approach using our Galaxy as the fundamental calibrator are presented. All confirm the short scale within 0.1–0.2 mag and the corresponding value of the Hubble constant H0 = 95±10 km s−1 Mpc−1. All reject the long scale (H′0 = 50 km s−1 Mpc) at very high significance levels.

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de Vaucouleurs, G. Five crucial tests of the cosmic distance scale using the Galaxy as fundamental standard. Nature 299, 303–307 (1982).

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