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Yes, exactly. Your eye intercepts photons from a wider angle the faster you're moving, therefore you get a wider field of view, even seeing things behind you.

I'm not sure I'm missing a step going from "wider fov" to "things seem farther away", maybe I am...

We don't have some magic sensor that tells us how far away an object is -- it's all gleaned from the light, and distorting the angles, in particular, will throw off this perception of distance.

It would be nice to see a write up of exactly what effects they considered, though.

Right, very true, thank you.

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