Relativity and Cosmology


A New Insight Explains Both the Michelson-Morley Experiment and Stellar Aberration Apparent Change of Light Source Position Relative to an Absolutely Moving Observer

Authors: Henok Tadesse

In this paper we propose a profound connection between the Michelson-Morley ( MM ) experiment and the phenomenon of stellar aberration. A new crucial insight can explain both the MM experiment and stellar aberration: apparent change of light source position relative to an absolutely moving observer. We call this Apparent Source Theory (AST ).The apparent change in star position in Bradley's stellar aberration is because of observer's absolute motion, not because of relative motion. Likewise, the effect of absolute motion of the observer/detector in the MM experiment is to create an apparent change in position of the light source relative to the observer/detector. In AST the observer is the human observer or a device that directly detects the light. This is unlike the theory of relativity in which the observer is the person doing the experiments. Apparent change in position of the light source will result in only a small fringe shift for the same reason that an actual, physical change of source position will result in a small fringe shift. This new interpretation requires a significant revision of the current understanding of stellar aberration which has its basis in the classical law of addition of velocities. The direction of apparent change in star position is not in the same direction as the observer's absolute velocity, but in the opposite direction !

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