Re: >H FYI:SCIENCE-WEEK July 3, 1997 (fwd)

The Low Golden Willow (
Fri, 4 Jul 1997 13:32:14 -0700 (PDT)

On Jul 4, 12:39pm, James Rogers wrote:
} >On Thu, 3 Jul 1997, The Low Golden Willow wrote:
} >> On Jul 4, 7:40am, Eugene Leitl wrote:

} >> } Gamma rays at the density of lead (which are opaque to gamma ;), flying
} >> } towards us at about 0.99 c. So somebody is throwing chunks of solid gamma
} >> } at only slightly subliminal velocities. As even puny supernovas generate
} >>
} >> Gamma rays... these would be photons, yes? "Slightly subliminal"? I'm
} >> having a problem here.
} >
} I believe the word you are all looking for is "subluminal" as in "less than
} light".

Ahem. Eric, Anders, and James have all pointed this out. And you know
what? I didn't even _notice_ that it was "subliminal". From the
context I assumed that I was reading "subluminal" -- so y'all have
missed my basic point.

How do gamma rays through vacuum go slower than light?

Merry part,
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