Forget What You've Seen On Star Trek
As camera pixels grow smaller, telescopic Infrared images of the sky are growing ever more refined. This new mosaic of the whole Milky Way just released by Japan's JAXA program, shows energy radiated by the black hole at the galactic center turning the sky into a horizon to horizon toaster oven. 1.6 and 3.2 gigapixel cameras will render it even more striking in the decade to come.
There's more to relativistic visual effects in space travel than rainbows. High enough speeds can shift wavelengths clear out of the range of human vision--and render the unseen visible. In a realistic view from a starship bridge racing toward the galactic center at near light speed, the familiar luminosity of the Great White Way could be blue-shifted into ultraviolet invisibility, and the galaxy's central infrared glow might emerge into something very like the tawny image JAXA has assembled .