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Most recent answer: 03/13/2015
Q:
What would happen if an object traveling at the speed of light encountered another object? I say nothing, because the object would not actually be there. But would like to know the correct answer. Thanks!
- JAN STEVENS (age 64)
GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI
A:

It happens all the time. Light collides with us. Sometimes we absorb its energy and its little bits of momentum and angular momentum. Sometimes it just bounces off us.

Mike W.


(published on 03/13/2015)

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