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Rusakov

Massless particles and gravity

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Rusakov    127
Rusakov

I normally only post science stuff on SciFi Fur but since this place could use some activity I'll post it here as well!

Ask Ethan: How Do Massless Particles Experience Gravity

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When Newton first proposed the law of universal gravitation, it marked the very first time that we realized the same rule governing how objects fell on Earth also governed how they moved and attracted one another throughout the Universe. Objects fell to Earth because of gravity; Earth pulls itself into a spheroid because of gravity; moons orbit planets and planets orbit the Sun because of gravity; and so on to larger and larger scales. Newton's law was simple but profound: objects with mass attract each other dependent only on their masses, distances, and the gravitational constant of the Universe. So how, then, do massless particles, like photons, experience gravity? That's what Bret Hammers wants to know, asking:

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Given the equation for gravity between two masses, and the fact that photons are massless, how is it possible for a mass (like a star or a black hole) to exert influence on said photon?

 

 

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Ellipzocore    26
Ellipzocore

Basically, magic.

 

From what I understand, the photons are not affected by the gravity itself, but the photon travels in a straight line that follows the contour of spacetime, which is bent by gravity. I am not a physicist of any kind, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

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