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The photon belt thing.

To begin with, the word "belt" implies a ring. Of photons? How were they supposed to stay in a belt? I realize light can be bent by gravity but wouldn't it take a hellofa chunk of gravity to trap photons in an orbit.

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I like the idea that entering a "photon belt" is going to give us three days of darkness.
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If you're going to invent astronomical phenomenon out of whole cloth, you can give it any properties you want.
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Exactly. Light stays in the belt due to the power of narrativium.
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I tried using a photon belt to hold up my pants but it was too light.
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As a fallback, some New Agers are saying the photon belt won’t get here until 2011.
The danger has passed.
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The Hubble took pictures of it, look up and slightly to the left.
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Not like Orion's Belt, which is a complete waist of space. Not, impressed, I'd give it 3 stars.
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If the photons are coming from our sun, then to form a belt (ring), they'd have to move into an area with a refractive index much higher than the vacuum of space. Glass is a good candidate, having an index of 1.52.

So it seems that we're hurtling toward a crystal sphere.

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To begin with, the word "belt" implies a ring. Of photons? How were they supposed to stay in a belt? I realize light can be bent by gravity but wouldn't it take a hellofa chunk of gravity to trap photons in an orbit.
In order for a "photon belt" to exist, indeed, you need a compact object such as a black hole. It is true that if the Earth were to fall into a black hole it would cause some disruption to the ecosystem.
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Not like Orion's Belt, which is a complete waist of space. Not, impressed, I'd give it 3 stars.
Golf clap 2x.
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I tried using a photon belt to hold up my pants but it was too light.
That one gets an ouch.
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