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The Amargosa observatory was a Federation space station that was in service in the late 24th century. The observatory was located in orbit of the Amargosa star and was used for scientific research of it.
In 2371, the station had a complement of nineteen personnel, including an El-Aurian named Dr. Tolian Soran. With the help of the Klingon outlaw Duras sisters, he had secured trilithium stolen from the Romulans, planning to build a trilithium weapon, which is capable of stopping all nuclear reactions in a star, thereby causing its collapse. With this he armed solar probes which were hidden in a secret stash behind a magnetically sealed door protected by a dampening field.
The USS Enterprise-D answered a distress call of the observatory, which had been raided by Romulans, who were searching for their stolen trilithium. Soran and 4 other scientists survived the attack, who were rescued by an away team from the Enterprise. Having discovered that the Romulans were looking for trilithium, Geordi LaForge and Lieutenant commander Data arrived to the station to investigate, and discovered the hidden solar probe, and Soran, who had escaped the custody of the Enterprise in order to use the weapon towards Amargosa star. On their rescue came Commander William Riker and Lt. commander Worf, but they were unable to stop him from capturing LaForge in the process.
The interior of the station featured jewel button control panels, intercoms and graphic displays identical to those seen on the original USS Enterprise. This suggests either that the station was more than one hundred years old at the time of its destruction, or its computer systems were that old.
In the video game adaptation of the movie, it is possible to avert Soran's plans and save the star and the station.