The maneuver is performed by five light spacecraft flying in a circular formation, following with them crossing within ten meters of each other and flying off in the opposite direction, igniting their plasma trails as they make the crossover. When done successfully, the maneuver creates a spectacular light pattern resembling a star.
Starfleet Academy banned the Kolvoord Starburst in the 2260s following an accident in which all five cadets attempting the maneuver were killed. However, in 2368 Nova Squadron, an elite group of cadets led by Nicholas Locarno, conspired to perform it at the end of the academic year. During a clandestine practice session, Joshua Albert lost control of his craft and caused a collision that resulted in the destruction of all five craft. Albert was killed, while the others were rescued via emergency transporter. (TNG: "The First Duty")