On the apparent visual forms of relativistically moving objects

@article{Mathews1972OnTA,
  title={On the apparent visual forms of relativistically moving objects},
  author={Paul M. Mathews and M. Lakshmanan},
  journal={Il Nuovo Cimento B (1971-1996)},
  year={1972},
  volume={12},
  pages={168-181}
}
SummaryThe question of the apparent visual shape of an object moving at relativistic speeds, as perceived by a single observer, is analysed afresh. It is shown by qualitative arguments that the apparent shape is related to the shape at rest through a combination of nonuniform shear and extension/contraction parallel to the direction of motion, which does not reduce to a rotation even in the case of distant objects subtending a small angle at the observer. The two-dimensional projection (as in a… 

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