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Okay, so when a photon travels near an electron orbiting some atom, the electron then absorbs the photon (given that it has enough energy) and causes the electron to jump up an energy level. My question is what happens when a photon has a little more than enough energy to bump up the electron, where does the remaining energy go? Is it correct to say that another photon gets released that carries the remaining energy? And if so, then is that partly why objects are certain colors? If I have this totally wrong please feel free to correct me. Thanks.