The attempt succeeded, producing a shockwave of unusual properties - it appeared to travel faster than light, suggesting additional exotic processes were in play. This was evident from the dialog earlier in the episode that suggested that high warp speed was necessary in order to escape the blast wave.

This is not entirely factual. There never was a shockwave, in fact, all that happened was the star got really really bright and the crew had to squint. The only reason why they would need high warp, was in case the experiment failed and the sun went supernova. --Alan del Beccio 06:19, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

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