(covers information from several alternate timelines)
Murasaki 312 was a quasar-like electromagnetic phenomenon. In 2267, it ionized an entire sector, including four solar systems. This quasar, and others like it, generated what was known as the Murasaki Effect. It was located near Makus III. This quasar was located in the Alpha Quadrant.
Sensor readings from the Enterprise attempted to describe Murasaki 312:
- Negative ionic concentration - 1.64 ×109 meters
- Radiation wavelength - 370 ångströms
- Harmonics - upward along entire spectrum
Captain James T. Kirk of the USS 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. (TOS: "The Galileo Seven")