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In 2153, Vissians were able to travel well into the photosphere of G-type stars due to the trinesium hulls on their starships. At the time, flying into stars was not within the capacity of Starfleet ships. (ENT: "Cogenitor")
The photosphere of a star could be masked out by the viewscreen of Galaxy-class starships such as the USS Enterprise-D. In 2364, the crew of the Enterprise-D masked out the photosphere of a star in the Delos system in order to better study solar flares and magnetic activity occurring below. (TNG: "Symbiosis")
In 2368, Kurn took the Hegh'ta into a star's corona and approached dangerously close to the photosphere before turning and going to warp in order to escape two other Klingon Birds-of-Prey chasing them. (TNG: "Redemption II")
After being towed into the interior of a Dyson sphere in 2369, auxiliary power needed to be diverted to the maneuvering thrusters so that the Enterprise-D could achieve a stable orbit outside of the photosphere of the star located inside the sphere. (TNG: "Relics")
|Structure and layers of an atmosphere|
| Planetary: Troposphere • Stratosphere • Thermosphere • Exosphere |
Ozone layer • Ionosphere • Magnetosphere • Mesosphere
|Solar: Photosphere • Chromosphere • Corona|