How come when you’re on a plane it looks like you’re going really slow, but when you’re in a car it actually looks like you’re going fast?

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How come when you’re on a plane it looks like you’re going really slow, but when you’re in a car it actually looks like you’re going fast?

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Because of the distance it is travelling. Looking far away long distances are shorter to percieve. Like when you’re in a tall building and people look like ants but when you get close you can see the actual size of a person. Similarly a plane 30k feet in the air might be going sub sonic but its traveling that speed which to you is only 2 centimeters

Things that are further away take a much longer time to go past your field of vision. In a car, the things right next to the road look like they’re going by really fast because it takes very little time to cross your field of vision. Things further away, like distant mountains, take a lot longer to do the same thing. in a plane, you are miles away from the ground, so you have nothing close to compare your relative speed to.

Your eyes can’t really tell you speed, only how quickly something is going across your field of vision. The further away something is, the longer it takes to cross your view. Because a plane is far away from the ground, it doesn’t look like there’s much movement.

your field of vision is a cone shaped . with its apex on your eye. so nearer things will pass by from the shorter field faster. in a plane things are at super high distance. reaching your field of vision’s “base” area. so things will take time moving across them like other posters have said.

even in a plane if you sit in a window seat. you see lights/people/road signs go super fast(especially compared to car) when you take off from a runway. because they are near.