### The Aether Factor

Question:

Here's the major problem I have with Geocentricism: what is the motive force behind the motions of the solar system? We can't use Newton's Laws of Universal Gravitation anymore because the Earth would have so much gravitational pull to hold the sun and other planets that the Moon and Venus would have been sucked into the Earth long ago. So a new force is needed to demonstrate why the Sun would have to orbit the earth, yet all the planets still orbit around the Sun. (epicycles on epicycles :) )

Let's start with Newton. Newton could not explain why an object like the sun or earth had "gravity." All Newton did was observe the PROPORTION of interaction between the two bodies. (Incidentally, even his inverse square law has been found to have a discrepancy). So, whether "gravity" was something inherent in the object, or the space around the object, Newton couldn't tell. Einstein had the same problem. In fact, SR was invented to solve the problem of gravitational forces at great distances, what Einstein called "simultaneity." To account for the revolutions of the planets, Einstein proposed that time and space were warped to such an extent that the planets followed the warped path around the sun. This, of course, led to many other kinds of strange corrollaries, such as increase in mass, shortening of length, twin paradoxes, etc.

The alternative currect model is the firmament, or aether. The firmament is a universal medium, a tightly packed group of entities at most a Planck length apart (10 to the minus 33) and with reaction time across the expanse to the tune of 10 to the 78 (which explains why gravity is faster than light). When a body is placed in the firmament, it causes tension. The firmament seeks to relieve the tension. The force in trying to relieve the tension is what we experience as gravity. Hence, gravity is more or less a push rather than a pull. When equilibrium is reached then gravitational integrity occurs. Thus, the earth need not have a super gravitational pull, for it needs none in an tension-generated aether-gravity.

Since Michelson-Gale proved the presence of some type of aether, there were two choices. Either they attribute the aether drag to a rotating earth or to an aether that revolved around a stationary earth. Since MG were not predisposed to reject the Copernican model, they attributed the drag to the rotation of the earth. But it is just as likely that the earth is stationary and the aether is moving against it. The aether, in turn, would hold the sun and stars, and the whole thing would revolve around the earth once every 24 hours.

Speaking of simplicity (viz., epicycles upon epicycles), the above is much simpler that saying that the earth rotates at 1000 mph, revolves around the sun at 66,000 mph, and then revolves around the galaxy at 500,000 mph, and the whole galaxy supposedly recedes from the center at half the speed of light. In the aether model, except for the creation of new stars or comets, you have one simple motion. And the revolution would not have to be super fast, since in the aether model the stars are not that far away.

Robert Sungenis
Catholic Apologetics International
August 26, 2001