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The Mutara Nebula was an interstellar dust cloud located in the Mutara sector. The nebula contained high levels of static discharge and was comprised largely of ionized gases. The combined effect of this makes a starship's sensors highly unreliable and shields inoperable when inside.

In 2285, it was the site of the fierce Battle of the Mutara Nebula. The battle ended when Khan Noonien Singh detonated the experimental Genesis Device inside the nebula aboard the USS Reliant, causing matter within it to re-form into the Genesis Planet. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

The nebula classification, Mutara class, was named after this nebula, and its properties were used as the model for this class. (VOY: "One")

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Background information

Recycled footage of the Mutara Nebula, slightly recolored, was reused as the Mar Oscura Nebula in TNG: "In Theory". Later, some visuals of the nebula, turned upside-down and slightly modified, were reused as the Chamra Vortex in DS9: "Vortex". Visuals of the nebula also appear in modified form in certain shots of the Paulson Nebula in TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds".

As for the name of the nebula, it is possible that Mutara comes from the Latin verb Mutarē, meaning "to change".

Apocrypha

The Mutara Nebula is a location in the non-canon 25th century game Star Trek Online.

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