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Does a photon observe other photons moving past it at the speed of light?

They say that the speed of light is the same for all inertial observers, but what if the observer is a particular photon within a laser beam? Each photon in a laser beam would see all the other photons passing it at speed c, therefore the laser beam would instantly break up. How do you solve this conundrum?

The answer is that a photon can't count as an observer. Time slows down for objects that move at close to the speed of light. For an object moving *at* the speed of light, time would grind to a halt. So how fast you clock something moving past you if you can't measure time turns out to be a nonsensical question.

September 2003, Christopher Springob (more by Christopher Springob) (Like this Answer)

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