Keywords: Aether, Optics
The apparent conflict between Miller's 1933 absolute solar motion of 208 km S?I toward the I.MC and the CMB anisotropy dipole velocity of 370 km S?1 towards Leo, some 85n away in direction, is resolved. A cosmic ether wind velocity field as a function of direction is computed from first principles which reproduces both velocities. The aberration of light is very small because the speed of light is very fast. Ether wind speeds are much slower, so the aberration of ether rays is much greater. Miller found the annual aberration of the 208 km S?1 interstellar wind to be about 86, compared to 20g for light. Interplanetary and planetary ether winds are even slower, being on the order of the escape velocity from the Sun or the planet. respectively. Much work remains to be done. The Newtonian escape velocity at the surface of the Sun is 618 km S?I, and that is much greater than the maximum available ether wind speed of 370 km 51, yet ether escapes the Sun. This implies that there may be discrete spherical shells surrounding each star. The density of the ether and the speed of light within a given shell are constant, but in each successive shell moving outward from the star, the density of the ether may be greater and the speed of light and the ether wind may be lower than within the interior shell. If true, then light rays would experience refraction at each interface, and the image of the Sun and every star and every cluster of stars may be reduced as it would be from viewing it through a negative lens. Thus, greater interstellar distances may be an optical illusion.