Are there any episodes of Star Trek : TNG where they actually go to a star?

From an episode of Community:

Why don't they call it Planet Trek? [They] never go to a star. Not one episode.

-- I'm fairly sure that in at least one episode they're deliberately visiting a star before something spacey happens to it.

For my purposes, I'll define "go to a star" as ... well, "deliberately heading to a star". Hopefully there's at least one long distance trip ("There's a star exploding! Let's go watch from inside the blast range!") but the short distance trips ("I can't see anything going wrong if we fly inside a miasma of incandescent plasma.") count as well.

Going to Mars doesn't count as going to Sol, though, nor does drifting or being knocked into a star by mistake. Incomplete trips also count; if they're heading towards a star to take pictures and Q randomly puts them into a game of Minecraft, it still counts.

1 Answer

  1. Lance- Reply

    2019-11-14

    In TNG Suspicions the Enterprise flies to a star named Vaytan to facilitate a meeting of guest scientists to learn about a new shield that would allow a vessel to enter a star's corona. They fairly ignore the planets there and are purely focused on the star and on the shield - which seemingly failed. Until it is discovered

    that the shield indeed works, but one of the guest scientists rigged a failure and faked his own death so he could steal the technology.

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    In TNG Evolution they, let me quote from Captains log,

    Captain's Log, Stardate 43125.8. We have entered a spectacular binary star system in the Kavis Alpha sector on a most critical mission of astrophysical research. Our eminent guest, Dr. Paul Stubbs, will attempt to study the decay of neutronium expelled at relativistic speeds from a massive stellar explosion which will occur here in a matter of hours.

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    In TNG The Naked Now they are flying to a unnamed red giant which is about to explode. This proves problematic because it causes the crew to develop symptoms as if they were drunk. They had a hard time escaping

    but they made it - thanks to Wesley and Data.

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