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.

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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
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    I'm fairly certain most planets are in the vicinity of a star. – Compro01 May 26 '14 at 14:37
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    Obviously the same question would apply to TOS; I only specified TNG because it was asked of LeVar Burton. – Trevel May 26 '14 at 14:58
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    How is this "opinion based"?Possibly too broad/unclear since the definition of "go to a star" could be better defined. Arguably a list question, but it's a finite list, particularly if the definition is better dfined. But opinion based? – phantom42 May 26 '14 at 15:17
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    @Einer - I've improved the question title. I think it's a bit more in-spirit with what's being asked. – Valorum May 26 '14 at 21:18

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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    Added some pics 4 u – Valorum May 26 '14 at 15:20
  • @Richard Great! Thanks! – Einer May 26 '14 at 15:20
  • Excellent, thank you. – Trevel May 26 '14 at 15:29
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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
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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 with Monica Dec 8 '14 at 21:38

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