Is it true that light can orbit a black hole?

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Is it true that light can orbit a black hole?
« on: 24/02/2015 16:22:10 »
I read that light can orbit a black hole just outside the event horizon. Is this true?
If it is true and light orbits for a long enough time, would you be able to look behind you and see yourself in the past?

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Re: Is it true that light can orbit a black hole?
« Reply #1 on: 24/02/2015 17:09:04 »
Quote from: Merccooper
I read that light can orbit a black hole just outside the event horizon. Is this true?
Yes.

Quote from: Merccooper
If it is true and light orbits for a long enough time, would you be able to look behind you and see yourself in the past?
Yes

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Re: Is it true that light can orbit a black hole?
« Reply #2 on: 24/02/2015 17:32:01 »
Cool, thanks.

So another thought along those line, if I were (in this situation) to shine two lasers parallel to each other, they would continue around black hole (around the event horizon) and return back to me still parallel?

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Re: Is it true that light can orbit a black hole?
« Reply #3 on: 24/02/2015 17:35:45 »
That must be a very specific solution. I would expect non linearities to break it up. But mathematics in some ways can ignore time, and a universe acting inside it.
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Re: Is it true that light can orbit a black hole?
« Reply #4 on: 24/02/2015 17:40:04 »
please link me to it.
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Re: Is it true that light can orbit a black hole?
« Reply #5 on: 24/02/2015 17:40:15 »
Cool, thanks.

So another thought along those line, if I were (in this situation) to shine two lasers parallel to each other, they would continue around black hole (around the event horizon) and return back to me still parallel?
Not exactly parallel, no. Only approximately so.