Reply to post: Re: Q: Why are light and other EM wavelengths drawn into a Black Hole?

Humanity gazes into the abyss to get its first glimpse of a black hole

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Re: Q: Why are light and other EM wavelengths drawn into a Black Hole?

IANAP, but my understanding is that It's not because of the mass or not of photons that light is bent by gravity, it is because the mass of objects distorts space-time, it curves space-time. And since space-time is the medium that light traverses, when space-time is curved, light follows that curve like a floating object in a whirlpool (of water) or a rolling ball in a cone-shaped object. Therefore massive object(s) like stars, black holes, dark matter, bends space-time, curves it, and light follows that bending that those massive objects - and not its own photonic mass - has created.

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