The luminiferous aether is a medium that propagates light (through a vacuum). The carrier for electromagnetism is the virtual photon. A virtual photon is a photon that only exists for a short time because it doesn't have enough energy. If you add energy, then virtual photons become real photons. The scientific community claims that the aether does not exist. Can someone explain to me why virtual photons, which fill the vacuum of space everywhere in the universe, are not the luminiferous aether?