In our November newsletter we introduced a new project Airy’s Failure FECORE’s Success. It is the plan to replicate the extremely significant test performed by George Biddle Airy in 1871.

The project is in the research phase so we will update the research information. The plan is to begin labor on the telescopes after the Multistage Balloon project has been launched. It is possible that physical work on the FECORE water telescope could begin concurrent with other projects in about May or June this year.

The most important thing we can do at this time is to truly understand what is being tested. It is very difficult to learn much about the meaning of the water telescope test because all of the writing about it is in the heliocentric mindset. And the only surviving writings are those of people who can’t think outside of that box. On YouTube Malcolm Bowden explains how Airy’s water telescope test can be explained.

If a scientist performing any such test assumes the earth is in motion and never can question that then the water telescope tells him nothing. Airy and his contemporaries were trying to use the water telescope to check if light was particles or waves. They were hoping it would point to a better coefficient for the phenomenon known as the aberration of light. The experiment answered none of these questions. That is why it was termed a failure.

So what is the aberration of light? It is a phenomenon where the position of the stars changes from one time of the year to another.

Aberration of light was first discovered by James Bradley while making observations of Gamma Draconis in 1727. He detected a 19.8 arc seconds shift north and south between the months March and September. He decided this was cause by the motion of the earth around the sun and that in March the earth was moving away from the star and moving towards it in September. His paper was published in 1729 and was hailed as the first conclusive evidence of the heliocentric model.

But when Einstein published his theory of relativity there was a problem with Bradley’s explanation. Relativity holds that the speed of the source of light or the observer of the light does not change to speed of the light. So how did Einstein explain this aberration of star light?

Einstein said if an observer is moving then his telescope catches the star light as it moves vertically downward. But if the light source is moving then the observer is seeing the light from an angle.

This illustration also captures the idea.

So according to Einstein’s explanation if the stars are not moving then when water is placed in a telescope then the tilt of that telescope must change because the refractive index of water will change the speed of the light down the tube and the position of the star will shift.
But if the telescope has water and the star position does not shift from the same telescope without water then the starlight was entering the telescope at the same angle of tilt of the telescope because as it enters the telescope tube perpendicular to the surface of the water. We can see that light entering in to s different refractive medium like water does not change its path if it enters perpendicular to the surface of the medium. A pencil placed in a glass of water at an angle perpendicular to the surface of the water causes no apparent bending.
Therefore the zero tilt change tells us that it is the stars that are moving and not the earth.