What is stellar aberration?

Stellar Aberration, or the aberration of starlight as seen from the Earth, was first explained by the English astronomer James Bradley in the 1700’s.

It has to do with the apparent movement of distant stars. Stars, when viewed from Earth, seem to move slightly, but measurably, over the course of a year. But those movements are predictable, and the star traces the same movements year after year – if viewed from the same place.

What causes stellar aberration?

James Bradley stated that it is the movement of the Earth around the sun that accounts for this apparent movement of stars, back and forth and with the seasons. How did he know that? Well, in reality, he did not know it(!) But here was his reasoning: When walking normally on a day with little or no wind, if it is raining, an umbrella is held vertically, and it catches the rain. But if one rushes, the umbrella must be lowered from the vertical somewhat so that it is in front of you.

That was the explanation. –Since starlight appeared to be coming from different places each season of the year (but the same places for the same season – i.e., June one year and June the next year), the reason was the Earth’s motion as it revolved around the sun.

That explanation is a supposed “proof” of heliocentricity (the belief that the Earth goes around the sun) and is still taught by nearly every school that talks about astronomy.

But is it true?

Well, obviously it could not be true if heliocentricity is wrong. If geocentricity (the belief that the sun goes around the Earth) is true, stellar movement cannot be caused by a revolving Earth. But is there another answer to the very real apparent star movement that we call stellar aberration?

Yes, there is a scientific answer that fits geocentricity exactly and has nothing to do with the myth of heliocentricity!

All of this is explained by Dr. Shaban in Chapter 7 of his book, The Verses of Deus. The answer is really quite easy to understand, but the proof takes some time to explain, so we will not present that here.

We will summarize the answer, however.

What is the scientific explanation of stellar aberration? Light from any star that approaches the Earth from any angle except directly overhead is refracted as it passes through the atmosphere. That is easily explained by the science of optics. And the refraction leads to what amounts to a curved path by the light, since the density of the atmosphere is constantly changing between the thinner air miles above and thicker air near the surface of the earth. Atmospheric properties are also affected by temperature, and temperature is affected by the season and by the latitude at the point where the star is being observed.

Dr. Shaban explains all this nicely and gives the math.

The bottom line is that Bradley’s analogy of walking, umbrellas, and raindrops does not explain stellar aberration. But Dr. Shaban’s (and other geocentrists') use of true math and science shows that geocentricity explains the whole thing.

Stellar aberration and parallax

If you want to read more, that same Chapter 7 explains the relationship between aberration and parallax. Using parallax to determine the distance from Earth to stars is valid. But the truth of the matter is that the actual distances are some 60 times less than we have been told by the heliocentric-promoting astronomers.



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