- For the shuttlecraft, see Comet (USS Robinson).
A comet is a type of celestial body that is composed of rock and ice, and is usually found to be orbiting a star. If a comet orbits too close to a star, then the increased heat causes the comet's more volatile components to sublimate, shedding its mass, and creating a coma and/or "tail".
Sometime after the events put in motion by Quinn in the 20th century (for his friend Maury Ginsberg, D.D.S.), the controversial Q is banished inside one; until the 24th century. (VOY episode: "Death Wish")
In June 2151, the Earth starship Enterprise discovered the largest comet that had yet been discovered by Humans, and was named Archer's Comet after Enterprise captain, Jonathan Archer. (ENT episode: "Breaking the Ice"; TNG novel: A Time to Sow; ST reference: Star Charts)
In 2265, when Sanduy's Comet made its historic closest approach to the planet Nukolee. It triggered meteorite showers that expelled unidentified gases into the atmosphere, triggering random occurrences of madness among the population. (TOS comic: "A World Gone Mad")
In late 2266, the area near the Icarus IV comet was the focus of a battle between the ChR Gal Gath'thong and the Federation starship USS Enterprise. (TOS episode: "Balance of Terror"; TOS novel: The Return; CCG)In 2267, Leonard McCoy and Montgomery Scott entered the tail of Sanduy's Comet in spacesuits to collect toxic gas samples. McCoy was inadvertently exposed, triggering two bouts of temporary madness. However, he was able to synthesize an antigen to the gases. (TOS comic: "A World Gone Mad")
A rogue comet passed through the Gamma Hydra system. The planet Gamma Hydra IV passed directly through the path of this comet, and residue from its tail was later discovered to contain radiation. In 2267, exposure to this radiation resulted in rapid aging among a science team on the planet’s surface and a landing party from the Enterprise. (TOS episode & novelization: The Deadly Years) The comet might have been Icarus IV, which was known to orbit that system. (ST reference: Star Charts)
In 2371, a mining expedition from Pluto LaGrangian colonies discovered the battle-damaged USS Defiant frozen in a comet in the Oort cloud. It had been there for nearly 5,000 years. (DS9 - Invasion! novel: Time's Enemy)
- Throughout the seven seasons of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", a comet flies past at the start of the opening credits.
- Archer's Comet
- Comet Alpha
- Comet Burke
- Driffen's Comet
- Halley's Comet
- Icarus IV
- The Messenger
- Sanduy's Comet
- Sword of Stars
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