HYPERSPHERE VISUALISATION AND LENSING.
This paper provides a method of visualising the four dimensional hypersphere as a perspective construction in three dimensions, and it also shows how the curvature of hyperspherical space will distort images from distant galaxies and supernovae.
Figure 1. Any attempt to project the surface of the Earth onto a flat surface necessarily leads to some kind of distortion. In addition to the usual Mercator projection that distorts distances towards the poles, we can also make a polar projection by cutting through the equator and then "photographing" each hemisphere from above the poles. Such a projection gives a good representation of distances near the poles but it leads to progressive distortions as we near the equator. Cartographers normally place the two halves of the polar projection in contact at some point, to remind us that all points around the equator of one hemisphere actually touch a corresponding point on the other hemisphere.
Similarly we can represent the 3-sphere or hypersphere as two spheres in which every point on the surface of one of the spheres corresponds to a point on the other sphere, despite that we can only represent them with a single point of contact. Now when we make a polar projection of the Earth's surface, convention dictates that we centre the projection on the poles, but we could chose any two opposite points and cut the sphere across a great circle other than the equator. An egomaniac might delight in a projection with his house at the very centre of the projection, but it would remain a valid projection.
Thus an observer A, in an hypersphere can define her map of it with herself at the centre of one of the spheres. This then defines a second point B, as her hyperspherical antipode, analogous to the point furthest away from her on the surface of the world. In a hypersphere it represents the furthest point you can travel to without starting to come back to where you started from.
Figure 2 . An observer looking into the deep space of an hypersphere could in theory see an abject at her antipode point B, by looking in any direction, analogous to the way in which all routes from the North Pole lead to the South Pole on the Earth. Note that lines of sight curve within an hypersphere, in a way analogous to the way in which meridians curve around the surface of the Earth. Light follows geodesics in space, so if space curves, light has to follow the curvature. Theoretically our observer could see right past her antipode and catch sight of the back of her own head In practice light from near the antipode becomes so red-shifted by the time it gets to A, that A cannot even see quite as far as the antipode.
VHC argues that the curvature of the universe also causes the progressive red-shift of light travelling across it, and that conventional cosmology has mistaken this for recession velocity, an hypothesis which implies an expanding universe. This paper will attempt to show that the supposed acceleration of that expansion arises from the lensing effect of hyperspherical space.
Figure 3. Imagine that we take the polar projection of the Earth and then roll the equator of the Southern Hemisphere around that of the Northern one. This will have the effect of stretching out Antarctica so that it goes all the way around the circumference of the whole map. We would then have a circular and highly topological map of the world with huge distance distortions towards the South Pole which itself now stretches around the entire edge. With a little effort at visualisation we can do something analogous with the two sphere map of the hypersphere, by rolling one sphere all over the entire surface of the other so that all corresponding points come into contact. This will result in the antipode point becoming spread out over the entire surface of the resulting sphere. Astronomers who assume a "flat" Euclidean universe will have effectively and unwittingly distorted their view of the universe in exactly this way if it does in fact have an hyperspherical geometry.
Figure 4. Astronomers who assume a flat universe with no curvature will assume that they can see in straight lines. If they look out into the apparent sphere of space that surrounds them, they will actually see along geodesics which curve relative to the assumed flat space of their maps.
Figure 5. This shows the lensing effects of the hyperspherical curvature.
Objects around the halfway to antipode distance will appear magnified whilst objects well past that point will appear diminished, for an observer located at the origin.
Observers who assume flat space will and measure red-shifts along the linear sight line will also overestimate the distance of objects. VHC calculates the distance to the antipode at about 11 billion light years, whilst current estimates based on flat space give the universe an horizon at about 13.4 billion light years.
Now if hyperspherical lensing diminishes the apparent magnitude of very distant objects it explains why the red-shifts of type 1A supernovae do not match their apparent magnitudes. These supernovae which act as standard candles appear dimmer than they should for their measured red-shifts.
In the VHC model, red-shift still gives a fairly accurate measure of distance, (it does not mean recession velocity), and hyperspherical lensing means that far objects will appear dimmer than expected in flat space.