stellar aberration

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stellar aberration

A star’s apparent elliptical course around its true position as Earth orbits the Sun.
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Chapters will include discussions of Doppler shift, time dilation, and the aberration of light. The graphics are stunning, and Walker is exploring how to allow WWW users to make their own relativistic snapshots.
Bradley looked for an alternate explanation and one occurred to him in 1728: The displacement arose because the telescope had to be tipped slightly to catch the light as the Earth moved (this is called adjusting to the aberration of light), just as an umbrella must be tipped when you're walking briskly through a rainstorm in which the drops are falling vertically.