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An effort in 2368 to remove dust and volcanic ash from Penthara IV by attracting it to the USS Enterprise-D and discharging it harmlessly into space was likened to turning the Enterprise into a lightning rod. (TNG: "A Matter of Time")
In 2377, when USS Voyager was brought back into temporal sync following a chronokinetic surge that had shattered it into 37 different timeframes, Commander Chakotay had Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres route power to the main deflector, stating "Have you ever heard of a lightning rod? In about three seconds, we're going to need one." (VOY: "Shattered")