appayya and the stationary earth

The below was related by a friend:

As per shruti earth is stationary
Appayya as a firm believer of shruti argued it must be true
Bhattathiri asked whether moon is closer to earth or the stars
Obviously moon
From astronomical tables it is known certain stars rise earlier than moon
Bhattathiri’s argument is how come a far away object can have shorter period
It is logical absurdity and appayya was summarily beaten
Bhattathiri was a great astronomer  Not many know it.. They just end with nArAyaNIyam and at most his paada saptati

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