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A kaleidoscope is a circle of mirrors, typically inside of a tube, with colored objects at one end. As the tube is rotated, light entering the end of the kaleidoscope strikes the colored objects and creates a symmetrical pattern in the mirrors.
When the USS Enterprise-D pursued the shuttlecraft Goddard through a gravity slingshot, Captain Jean-Luc Picard likened the experience to a kaleidoscopic roller coaster ride. (ST novel: Engines of Destiny)