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Question #33 posted on 09/11/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
If nothing can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum, how fast are light particles or photons traveling when they hit a black hole? In other words, if the gravity of a black hole is too strong to let light escape, mustn't light accelerate when falling toward one?
- the sprangly mind

A: Dear mind,
No. You see, space bends. To the light, it's traveling the same speed as it was before it entered the hole, but to us, we can't really imagine what bent space is like, so we think it's accelerating. See Rufus' answer on 5 Sep to Eye N. Stine
-Don Cerebro look-alike