Does Light Travel with the Velocity of a Moving Source?
|Title||Does Light Travel with the Velocity of a Moving Source?|
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|Author(s)||Raymond H Gallucci|
|Keywords||Light speed, Relativity, Pulsars, Stellar Aberration, de Sitter|
|No. of pages||5|
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Einstein resolves the issue of whether or not light travels with the velocity of a moving source by assuming time dilates (and length contracts) in a moving inertial reference frame. Based more on belief than empirical evidence, this resolution enables the theory of special relativity to claim validity, even though there are other explanations and interpretations that are simpler and more consistent with Occam’s Razor. Some dissident physicists counter Einstein both by assuming the constant velocity of light is preserved, albeit without time dilation, as well as assuming light travels with the velocity of its source. While I am in the latter camp, I attempt to examine both sides of the argument from a non-relativistic perspective.