Whether or not it's possible for light to bend around the curvature of the Earth?

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes, light does bent around all heavenly bodies.

  • 1 month ago

    Einstein proved light bends in gravity, .however the bending is outward since photons have no weight.   . 

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  • Joe
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    "Around the curvature of the Earth" includes any and all distortions to a straight line.  So it's not only possible, it is proven.

  • 1 month ago

    No, that is why we have sunrise and sunset.

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  • oubaas
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Spacetime curvature due to Earth's gravity not strong enough to bend the light as a closed circle 

  • Vaman
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Not possible because the electron density is not very high. Only waves of megahertz can bend go around the earth. Higher frequencies just pass through.

  • 1 month ago

    No. Certainly not. Earth's gravity is far too weak. Only light at a black holes event horizon can bend enough to go in a circle. Don't confuse the curvature of earth's surface with spacetime curvature due to gravity. 

  • neb
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If you mean all the way around, no. It will curve only slightly due to its high velocity. If you think of an apple dropping 5 feet in a second (or whatever) consider the fact that light has traveled 186,000 miles in a second. So in a constant gravitational field, it has deviated 5 feet from straight in 186,000 miles.

  • 1 month ago

    Gravity bends space-time, so yes, light does bend around the Earth

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