On the question of absolute speeds and aberration!

Frank Russo - January 16, 2013. (Revised February 01, 2013)

In 1992 and subsequent years, I rang all over the world gathering information about stellar aberration and the aberration constant. I also did a great deal of research at various libraries digging up very old articles on the subject: it was very laborious and expensive work, as phone calls were very expensive back then!

The general consensus that I gathered, was that nobody knew very much at all about the subject: everybody was very happy with the simple theoretical version derived from the accepted velocities of light and of the earth, and were also both oblivious and resistant to anything else (and there was very little around about diurnal aberration)!

My argument was that with the current knowledge where it was, there should be an absolute motion component showing up in the aberration calculations: when pressed most of the scholars I consulted, did admit that there could have been at least an absolute motion of 2,000 km/sec or more! There was the motion of the sun around the milky way on top of the velocity of the earth around the sun... as well as the velocity of our galaxy around the cluster, and even further there was the motion of the cluster around the super-cluster! However, as already mentioned any aberration knowledge of theirs was very primitive, comprising the standard brief textbook theoretical explanations.

So the framework for my 1995 paper was totally non-existent... I had to construct it all from scratch: virtually! In view of the foregoing, it is easy to see that the existent knowledge at the time was riddled with inconsistencies... it was a miracle that I was able to construct such a detailed paper! However, it now appears to me that any absolute motion which is common to both a star and the earth, would cause inflation of the speed of light so as not to increase the aberration angle... in other words, it would be only the relative motion that would cause an aberration angle.

It follows that I can have full confidence in my derived absolute speeds of my 1995 aberration paper. We do know that there is quite a significant "absolute" contribution, and that my Michelson-Morley formulations can cope with any absolute speed that is supplied. However as Thomas Kuhn once pointed out, revolutions only happen once the old guard has died out... I hope I last the distance! I would like to see scientific truth triumph over fudge factors and fallacious science fiction principles!

Finally, I do hope that my contributions to the understanding of aberration and absolute speeds, plus the subsequent intense work on the Michelson-Morley experiment have made my life worth living... hopefully history will one day come in with a good verdict on that!

Frank Russo.