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The subspace shock wave from the explosion of Praxis

The shock wave of a collapsing spatial vortex

A shock wave caused by an exploding Borg cube

For the two part ENT episode, please refer to "Shockwave" and "Shockwave, Part II"

A shock wave is any compressional wave of energy or matter caused by the shock of an explosion that travels through a surrounding medium. In space, these phenomena are typically created by the destruction of large planetary or stellar bodies, and can sometimes carry subspace effects.

Notable examples

In 2258 of the alternate reality, the USS Enterprise used the shockwave from the detonation of its warp core against a black hole in order to escape the black hole's gravity well. (Star Trek)

In 2293, a massive subspace shock wave was caused by an explosion on the Klingon moon Praxis. This resulted in severe damage to the ozone layer of Qo'noS. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; VOY: "Flashback")

In 2371, a level-12 shock wave was created by the collapse of the Amargosa star by a trilithium weapon: the solar probe, destroying the entire star system. The same phenomenon occurred in the Veridian system as Dr. Tolian Soran use the trilithium weapon as a missile after he disengaged the cloaking device that he installed on the surface of Veridian III, but the implosion was averted by Jean-Luc Picard and James T. Kirk. After the pyrrhic victory in the Battle of Veridian III, the coolant leak caused the warp core breach that completely destroyed the USS Enterprise-D's stardrive section, the explosion of which created an ion shock wave that disabled the Enterprise-D's primary hull and helm control after the saucer separation. (Star Trek Generations)

In 2371, USS Voyager encountered a shock wave emanating from a massive polaric ion detonation on Makull's homeworld which instead of dissipating into the future was dissipated into the past. This had the effect of creating temporal fractures which floated across the planet's surface. When Kathryn Janeway averted the explosion, the shock wave never occurred. (VOY: "Time and Again")

In 2373, the crew of Voyager observed a supernova explosion. The pressure on the leading edge of the subsequent shock waves was over ninety kilopascals, which was 30% more than they predicted. (VOY: "The Q and the Grey")

Also in 2373, Benjamin Sisko and Michael Eddington used ejected impulse exhaust from their runabout to detonate the plasma fields in the Badlands, causing a shock wave that damaged two pursuing Jem'Hadar fighters and eliminated their ion wake. (DS9: "Blaze of Glory")

In 2374, Voyager was hit by a shock wave caused by omega molecules, resulting in the implementation of the Omega Directive. (VOY: "The Omega Directive")

In 2375, Voyager could not use its phasers to stop Tom Paris from destroying a Monean underwater oxygen refinery from the Delta Flyer, because the phasers would produce a hydrodynamic shock wave that would have caused substantial collateral damage. (VOY: "Thirty Days")

In 2377, the exploding Tactical Cube 138 caused a shock wave. (VOY: "Unimatrix Zero, Part II")

The following year Voyager detected an energy discharge created by a long-range subspace warhead that produced a level-9 shock wave. (VOY: "Human Error")

The destruction of a transwarp hub created a shock wave following the failure of the transwarp aperture's interspatial manifolds. (VOY: "Endgame")


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