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I'd Put "Re: Absolute Speed Of Light" Like Everyone Else, But That's Just Too Boring!

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Posted by Astrophysicist on June 26, 1998 16:49:14 UTC

"Allong with some really freiked up quantum physics stuff....."

You watch it! I like quantum mechanics! Although you're right. It is really wierd. Yeah, relativity only breaks down at the singularity. Up until that point, it's still relevant, though it becomes sort of weak as soon as it hits that event horizon. And you're right- light doesn't to our knowledge bounce off an event horizon. At the horizon itself, light is curved back until it's heading into the black hole again. And just outside of the event horizon- I'm talking like you could reach your hand through it if you were actually there (hypothetical. I'd hope nobody here would try to put their hand through an event horizon!) light seems to stop, but that's because time is slowed by the gravitational fields produced by the black hole. The light doesn't slow at all- time does.

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