What is the path light travels if it does not hit an object?


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2012-09-18 09:03:35
2012-09-18 09:03:35

well if the path of light is undisturbed by an object since the earth is spherical in shape, the light will go around the earth again and again untill the ray of the rectillinear propogation is disturbed.

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