Light from stars within the Sol system?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by bullseye7771, May 9, 2011.

  1. bullseye7771

    bullseye7771 Ensign Newbie

    May 9, 2011
    Alpha quadrant
    While a ship is at warp, one can normally observe the image of the stars being distorted due to the speed of the ship. You can imply if you see the stars "approach" the ship, that they then pass it, and can be seen on the back of the ship "moving away". But in Star Trek: First Contact, when the Phoenix makes its first warp "jump" you can clearly see the stars pass it, even though the ship never leaves the solar system. Why is this?
  2. backstept

    backstept Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 4, 2005
    the reality is that even at light speed you wouldn't see any stars move
    the visual effects department shows the streaks to communicate that the ship is moving

    I think the tongue-in-cheek explanation is that it's not stars but excited dust particles reacting with the navigational deflectors . . .

    the view from a ship traveling at FTL speeds would look like a black tunnel with everything behind red shifted, and everything ahead blue shifted
    so the most you'd see ahead would be any infrared shifted to visual range, and behind you'd see things like xray and gamma rays shifted down to visual range
    you wouldn't see any stars unless you were close enough and only if they were directly ahead or behind . . . none whoooshing past the ship
  3. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    It could be a unique optical illusion within the subspace domain. Maybe a collection and bending of light around a vessel at warp from multiple sources over a vast distance...
  4. Mister_Atoz

    Mister_Atoz Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 1, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    yeah, i've always taken it as some sort of "light distortion" effect, and not actual stars passing. I also tend to take the occasional streaking stars we see it sub-light as dust particles illuminated by the navigational deflector.

    One thing I did like about JJ-Trek was the on-screen warp effect, it felt more like I was seeing the "warping" of space instead of a screen saver.