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Murasaki 312, also known as the Murasaki Quasar, was a quasar-like electromagnetic phenomenon in the Alpha Quadrant. It was located three days away from Makus III at warp 1. (TOS: "The Galileo Seven")


In 2367, the location of Murasaki 312 was labeled on a tactical situation monitor in Captain Benjamin Maxwell's ready room on the USS Phoenix. (TNG: "The Wounded", okudagram)

In 2368, the location of Murasaki 312 was labeled on a tachyon detection grid on one of the viewscreens of the USS Enterprise-D bridge. (TNG: "Redemption II", okudagram remastered)

In 2366, in an alternate timeline, during the Federation-Klingon War, the location of Murasaki 312 was labeled on a tactical situation monitor in the ready room aboard the Enterprise-D. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise", okudagram)


In 2267, this quasar ionized an entire sector, including four star systems. This quasar, and others like it, generated what was known as the Murasaki Effect.

Sensor readings from the USS Enterprise attempted to describe Murasaki 312:

Captain James T. Kirk of the Enterprise was under standing orders to investigate formations similar to Murasaki 312, consequently delaying the Enterprise from a medical supply mission to Makus III, and sending the shuttlecraft Galileo to survey the formation. While on this assignment, the Galileo crashed on Taurus II within the formation. (TOS: "The Galileo Seven")

In 2328, this was the destination for passengers traveling from Midos V Satellite City Spaceport via commercial transport. Suzi Shimizu traveled on the SS Manoa, John Van Citters on the SS Kogin, and Dennis McCarthy, Joe Bauer, and David Anderson on the SS Wisconsin. (TNG-R: "Inheritance", okudagram)

In 2367, around stardate 44390.1, the Enterprise-D conducted a long range sensor scan of the Murasaki Quasar. (TNG: "Data's Day")

This phenomenon's quadrant of origin is inferred based on the position of neighboring locations – the Altair system (Altair III), Andor, Babel, Delta Vega, Eminiar, Janus VI, and Rigel – as seen in the star charts appearing in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and in the Star Trek: Picard episode "Maps and Legends".
In the script of "The Galileo Seven", Murasaki 312 was initially described physically as "a misty, slowly undulating blue-shining effect. It is gelatinous, shimmery, entirely other-worldly. Murasaki (紫) is the Japanese word for the gromwell plant as well as being an abbreviation for murasaki-iro (紫色), meaning the color purple (in reference to the dye yielded from the root of the plant). [1] Lady Murasaki Shikibu is also the name traditionally given to the author of The Tale of Genji, often regarded as the world's first novel.

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