Light Losing Energy
Name: D. H.
Will a beam of light, as in light from distance galaxy, looses energy
as it travels across the universe? I read from other posts saying
that gravity field changes the momentum of light. Does this mean the
traveling light beam does loose energy ?
Something very important to remember here is that momentum has direction.
It is a vector. When light passes near a very large mass, perhaps a heavy
star, the gravity can alter the direction that the light travels. When the
light has moved away from the mass, it will still have the same energy. The
momentum will still be the same size. However, the DIRECTION of the light's
momentum will be different. This is how momentum can change without having
Dr. Ken Mellendorf
Illinois Central College
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