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Question about Black Holes and the speed of light.

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ibzy

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Hi all,

after watching an episode of Sthephen Hawking's The Universe about the speed of light I was enlightened to learn that it was impossible for anything to ever break the speed of light because the closer you actually got to it, (186000 miles per second), the more time itself slows down to compensate. After watching another episode about Black Holes it was explained that because their gravitational pull is so powerful that even light itself cannot escape. In my mind these two statements seem to contradict each other because surely if light cannot escape a Black Hole it is being dragged away at a speed faster than it can travel. I have emailed this question to Stephen Hawking himself but do not expect to get a reply so if anyone can answer it themselves I would be grateful.

Thanks in advance.
 
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There are quite a number of discussions about this subject in the Physics forum; I'd suggest reposting this in one of them.

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