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Albert Abraham Michelson

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It appears, from all that precedes, reasonably certain that if there be any relative motion between the earth and the luminiferous ether, it must be small; quite small enough entirely to refute Fresnel's explanation of aberration.
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Concluding that there is no stationary ether with respect to which the earth moves while orbiting around the sun. On the Relative Motion of the Earth and the Luminiferous Ether by Albert Abraham Michelson and Edward Morley. American Journal of Science, 1887, 34 (203): 333–345.

 
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