The Antares maelstrom was a powerful and destructive astronomical phenomenon.

In 2285, during his mission of vengeance against James T. Kirk, Khan Noonien Singh swore that he would chase Kirk "'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares maelstrom and 'round perdition's flames" before giving up. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

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Background information

This astronomical object was only mentioned in dialogue.

The quote is paraphrased from Moby Dick, in which Ahab merely vows to follow the titular whale round the Norway Maelstrom instead.

Apocrypha

It is the setting of the 2019 Pocket TOS novel The Antares Maelstrom.

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