There is a strange non-random effect in the star field used in The Force Awakens.

I expect others will question this, but I'm absolutely certain it was there. I noticed it during the initial scene and then again during the credits, where I was able to stare and at ponder it for ten minutes. This is not my imagination or pareidolia.

In the star field, nearly all the stars on the left half of the screen are double, and they are all oriented one above the other, some thing like this:

: ​​​​​ : ​​​ : : ​​​​​​​ :​​​​ :

​​​​​​​ :​​​​ : : ​​​​​ : ​​​ : :

I looked at it with and without my 3D glasses. And they are not perfectly oriented up-and-down or the same for all pairs.

Can anyone explain what is going on here? Is it intentional? Accidental? Some side-effect of production? Some side-effect of the three-dimensionalization?

(Can anyone capture a picture of this if they get the opportunity?)

EDIT: I looked again, this time in a non-3D showing. I did not observe it. So either it was my imagination, or it's related to 3D somehow.

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    sounds like artifacts from the 3d conversion – phantom42 Dec 22 '15 at 18:19
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    You are mistaken, it is lens flare. – Politank-Z Dec 22 '15 at 18:22
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    @Politank-Z that's also called a coma in optics language. – Escoce Dec 22 '15 at 18:35
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    well, the real question is whether or not this can be seen on the 2d version. i didn't notice anything like it. – phantom42 Dec 22 '15 at 18:36
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    Four downvotes? Why?! – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 27 '15 at 17:20

I'd say they were simply following conventional wisdom, Commonality of Binary Stars

Another possibility is the Apparent Ellipse

After a sufficient number of observations are recorded over a period of time, they are plotted in polar coordinates with the primary star at the origin, and the most probable ellipse is drawn through these points such that the Keplerian law of areas is satisfied. This ellipse is known as the apparent ellipse, and is the projection of the actual elliptical orbit of the secondary with respect to the primary on the plane of the sky.

Pretty pic angle of view example:

Pretty pic

  • I don't think so. It is really pervasive, but only on one side of the field. – ThePopMachine Dec 22 '15 at 18:21
  • Also, if that's what they were going for, they wouldn't all be in the up-down orientation. – ThePopMachine Dec 22 '15 at 18:22
  • This "apparent ellipse" talk doesn't even make sense. That is just a theoretical estimate of the most likely orbit based on multiple observations. It doesn't affect the actual appearance of the star at one point in time. – ThePopMachine Dec 22 '15 at 18:38

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