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When a spaceship travels in light speed, there is no danger of collision...As soon as the spaceship goes to normal speed it finds itself in an asteroid field and collision is imminent...

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Why is there no danger of collision at light speed?

Light particles/waves are constantly colliding with objects - it's how a mirror works.
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When a spaceship travels in light speed, there is no danger of collision...As soon as the spaceship goes to normal speed it finds itself in an asteroid field and collision is imminent...

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What if the normal speed of the spaceship is lightspeed?
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When a spaceship travels in light speed, there is no danger of collision...As soon as the spaceship goes to normal speed it finds itself in an asteroid field and collision is imminent...

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Someone's been watching The Empire Strikes Back.
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Why is there no danger of collision at light speed?

Light particles/waves are constantly colliding with objects - it's how a mirror works.
Still, doesn't make sense...
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What if the normal speed of the spaceship is lightspeed?
The Millenium Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, but still, it is a fast sprinter but that don't mean it only sprints...It can walk too...
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Someone's been watching The Empire Strikes Back.
No...A New Hope...Hopefully Empire will be on after this...
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Still, doesn't make sense...
Well light obviously travels at the speed of light, and manages to collide with objects - it can't pass through them. (Excepting special cases eg glass etc.)


A spaceship would disintegrate if it hit a large enough object at speed, including light speed.

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No...A New Hope...Hopefully Empire will be on after this...
Those aren't asteroids, it's the remains of Alderaan.

That's no moon....

I've got a bad feeling about this...
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Well light obviously travels at the speed of light, and manages to collide with objects - it can't pass through them.


A spaceship would disintegrate if it hit a large enough object at speed, including light speed.
Exactly...So how come in light speed the Millenium Falcon is not in danger, but as soon as it is in normal speed it starts dodging asteriods in the field...
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Those aren't asteroids, it's the remains of Alderaan.

That's no moon....

I've got a bad feeling about this...
You also felt the tremor in the Force???
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Anyway, a theoretical way to travel across space faster than light is to bend space and time with a gravity drive, bringing two points closer together...or maybe use wormholes with a Stargate at each end...or travel in a different dimension/universe altogether.

You also felt the tremor in the Force???
Yes, as if a million voices cried out and were suddenly silenced...
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Anyway, a theoretical way to travel across space faster than light is to bend space and time with a gravity drive, bringing two points closer together...or maybe use wormholes with a Stargate at each end...or travel in a different dimension/universe altogether.



Yes, as if a million voices cried out and were suddenly silenced...
Hot damn...
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Exactly...So how come in light speed the Millenium Falcon is not in danger, but as soon as it is in normal speed it starts dodging asteriods in the field...
I presume this is a film?

They don't always stick with the facts you know.
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I presume this is a film?

They don't always stick with the facts you know.
Don't tell me you've never heard of Star Wars!

Hot damn...
Hot damn indeed, my young padawan. Of course, the energy required to bend space and time is inconceivable...maybe a million of ours suns. I'm sure SYB has something to add to this.
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