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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 18
05-19-2010, 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by Jeff-El
It was SOP on Deep Space Nine in the early seasons as well, before the war ever started.

What I can't recall is whether they explicitly stated this "rule" on-screen, or if it was just implied by the fact that they never did it. At most, I suspect there's one or two episodes where they discuss how risky it is, and then go to warp while inside a star system.
I always assume that it was either because of the risk of warping into a planet/moon/asteroid or that the gravity of the planet/moon/asteroid would somehow interfere. I think that the first mention that it was dangerous was in TNG.

Another reason I just thought of is that repeatedly going to warp near a planet could damage the planet, probably its atmosphere.