On the deck of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D (that's the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation, in case you didn't know), Captain Jean Luc Picard, juiced-up on endless cups of Earl Gray tea, gives the command: "ENGAGE!" Looking into the viewscreen, all the stars stretch into bright lines and -- kerpow! -- the Enterprise crew plow straight into a Romulan trap in the much-disputed neutral zone.
Now, about those streaky stars...
According to a group of graduate students at the University of Leicester, when traveling at warp speed, that's not what you'd see at all. The view would actually be a little... dull.
For starters, faster-than-light travel would blue-shift the light ahead out of the visible spectrum and into X-ray frequencies. Therefore, our eyes wouldn't see ANY light. In other words, the space ahead will be a dull, black void.
But, you know that cosmic microwave background radiation that pervades the entire universe? Well, that will be blueshifted from very long, invisible wavelengths into the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum, creating a fuzzy glow ahead. Seems kind of poetic, actually.
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