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I've been racking my brain over this one since I was a child but have never had a sufficiently good explanation.How come a distant star is able to be observed from any direction?Is it emitting a sufficiently high density of diffuse photons that no matter how slightly one moves, there's always a beam of light going to find itself to my retina, or do lights wavelike properties fill in the 'gaps'?
Or have I been looking at it far too simplistically?
Hi Quat-fro, welcome.I think one of the problems arises from the fact that it is very difficult for us to visualise wave/particle duality. The convenient way to think of it is that a photon (for example) is both a wave and a particle, depending on how we look at it. Perhaps it would be more accurate to think of it as being neither a wave nor a particle. Why should it ever be either?
Wave transformed into particle via elemental stimuli.