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Question about speed of light and black holes

  1. Aug 28, 2006 #1
    Hello, this is my first post! I cannot say I am a physicist in any way, however my dream is to go back to college for Astronomy. Anyways I have a question concerning the idea of the speed of light and black holes.

    In the laws of physics, it states that the speed of light is the fastest known (and mathematically known) speed in the universe. How is it that speed cannot escape the pull of a black hole? Am I just thinking of the concept of a blackhole wrong? Is it a gravitational suction that is pulling matter into it, or is the gravity collapsing just bending the fabric of space into itself which then wouldn't matter of speed? Basically, if the speed of light is the fastest force, shouldn't it easily escape the speed at which a black hole pulls, or a black hole doesn't nessesarily pull things in at a certain speed, it just bends space deeper and wider causing what's in it's way to be forced into it?

    And if it does "suck" things in it, wouldn't the suction of a blackhole be the fastest speed, since light cannot escape it's "pull?"

    Thanks in advanced!
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 28, 2006 #2
    The space-time curvature of a black hole past the event horizon causes all incomming and outgoing light rays to converge towards the center of the black hole ( the singularity).
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