Quoting from an episode of Community:

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

But 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 "deliberately heading to a star" in particular.

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.

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    They go to stars quite some times: They even fly in the corona of a star. In DS9 they use a sun to blow up a space station and also it is utilized to blow up a borg cube. Anyhow: It's not a good thing to ask for a list, here. Maybe you want to reformulate your question, to ask for a single incident disproving the "never" visit a star. I would be happy to answer that. – Einer May 26 '14 at 13:31
  • What do you mean by go to a star? do they have to be inside the star? or inside a system that has a star? There are a few episodes where they go inside stars for research purposes and ones where they go to watch a star about to go supernova, but not actually inside it! – AidanO May 26 '14 at 13:52
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    I'm fairly certain most planets are in the vicinity of a star. – Compro01 May 26 '14 at 14:37
  • Every building in Toronto is in vicinity of a Tim Hortons, but not every trip in Toronto is to Timmies. Regarding "to" I'd say it means the star is the destination, not the planet, regardless of what the planet is orbiting. – Trevel May 26 '14 at 14:54
  • The Hubble Space Telescope mainly looks at stars, not space. So this sort of loose terminology is actually founded in scientific jargon. – Barry Goddard May 27 '14 at 14:25

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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    In Suspicions, it wasn't the inventor who faked his death, it was one of the other scientists Beverly had brought to witness/evaluate the technology. He also killed (for real) the original inventor. – Kevin May 27 '14 at 14:56
  • I also seem to recall an episode where a scientist was trying to bring a dead star back to life... – user11521 Jul 26 '14 at 4:46
  • @Michael Wasn't that the Defiant? I think the corresponding log-entry was, that it's good for the crew to do something else but war. And there is no ongoing war for the crew of the Enterprise D. – Einer Jul 26 '14 at 6:40
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    @Einer: The "good for the crew to do something else but war" aspect sounds a lot like One Little Ship, to me, but the DS9 episode regarding re-igniting a dead star was Second Sight. It predates the Dominion War, but Sisko's opening log entry has him remarking that the project is a welcome distraction from the anniversary of Wolf 359. – Lightness Races in Orbit Dec 8 '14 at 21:38
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit Right, thanks! Got that confused in my memory. – Einer Dec 9 '14 at 9:06

In the episode Tin Man, the Enterprise is dispatched to Beta Stromgren to investigate a ship orbiting that star when it is about to go supernova.

It turns out

the ship is alive and attempting to commit suicide. Tam Elbrun, a Betazoid, has been communicating with the ship telepathically and knows all this.


In the episode Ship in a Bottle, the Enterprise goes to observe the collision of two gas giant planets -- an event that could cause the formation of a new star. And if the holographic Professor Moriarty doesn't get his way, they could be watching from way too close.


In the TNG episode "Symbiosis" the Enterprise D goes to the Sun in the Delos system to study it's solar flare and magnetic cycle activities.

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