The visual appearance of rapidly moving objects

  title={The visual appearance of rapidly moving objects},
  author={Victor frederick Weisskopf},
  journal={Physics Today},
I would like to draw the attention of physicists to a recent paper by James Terrell in which he does away with an old prejudice held by practically all of us. We all believed that, according to special relativity, an object in motion appears to be contracted in the direction of motion by a factor [1−(υ/c)]1/2. A passenger in a fast space ship, looking out of the window, so it seemed to us, would see spherical objects contracted to ellipsoids. This is definitely not so according to Terrell's… 

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