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Question #61 posted on 09/05/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour board,
How fast do photons travel when being 'captured' by a black hole?
- Eye N. Stine

A: Dear Eye,
REALLY fast. Almost as fast as the speed of light, although if photons are matter, then they cannot reach the speed of light, regardless of the pull of the black hole, they can only approach it. So, to permit them to appear to accelerate past the speed of light while not actually passing it, time slows down, thus making it so they travel almost at the speed of light, while from a distance it may appear that they reach or pass the speed of light. Of course, if you consider photons merely the stuff light is made up of (packets of energy), then they travel the speed of light, because they are light. Yeah.
- Rufus