In old versions of Windows, such as 3.1, there was this screensaver called "Starfield". It looked like this:
However, in movies and TV series, it usually looks like this when they travel through space:
What I'm asking is, regardless of whether the stars would appear like little "dust particles" or like smeared "lines" when traveling in a space ship at the extreme speed necessary for this to possibly happen, would it ever look like that?
Let's ignore optics for a moment, and focus on the original video/screensaver. Would the stars, being so far away, really ever appear to be "within your view" and "fly past"? Would they not originally, appear like a star sky when the space craft is standing still, and then sort of just "disappear from view" to the sides very slowly as our space ship moves forward at this extreme speed which, to me, looks like it's many, many times the speed of light?
I've always been annoyed by how that screensaver makes it look like space is full of little "dust particles" the size of grapes, rather than distant, huge collections of gas (or whatever stars really are made of), and I've always thought to myself that the objects would never travel like that from our perspective, no matter how fast our space ship goes.