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Aldebaran, also known as Alpha Tauri, was an inhabited planetary system in the Alpha Quadrant. This system was located near the Ficus sector. (TNG: "Contagion"; TNG-R: "Up The Long Ladder", okudagram)

Location

In 2256, the location of Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) was labeled on the star chart "Alpha/Beta Quadrant Overview" in the ready room aboard the USS Discovery. (DIS: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad")

In 2293, the location of Aldebaran in the Milky Way Galaxy was labeled on the star chart The Explored Galaxy, which was seen in James T. Kirk's quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-A. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, okudagram)

In 2399, the location of Aldebaran was labeled on a star chart that was in Fleet Admiral Kirsten Clancy's office at Starfleet Headquarters. This system was in or near to Federation space. (PIC: "Maps and Legends")

In 3189, the location of Aldebaran was denoted on a holographic star chart of the galaxy at Federation Headquarters. (DIS: "Scavengers")

Lifeforms

It was the home system of such non-sentient animal life as the Aldebaran mud leech, the Aldebaran serpent, and the Aldebaran shellmouth. (TOS: "Amok Time", "The Deadly Years"; TNG: "Hide and Q"; ENT: "Anomaly")

History

HMS New Zealand on a diplomatic mission to Aldebaran

In 2135, the HMS New Zealand was launched from Earth on a diplomatic mission to this system. It was listed on the chart Interstellar Expeditions to Sectors 184/02-185/38: Launched From Sol System, Earth Dates 2123-2190, which was seen on a screen in Jean-Luc Picard's ready room aboard the USS Enterprise-D. (TNG-R: "Up The Long Ladder", okudagram) The system was inhabited by Humans by the 23rd century.

In 2257, during the first Federation-Klingon War, this star system was occupied by the Klingons. (DIS: "The War Without, The War Within")

During the 2260s, Janet and Theodore Wallace performed experiments using various carbohydrate compounds to slow down the degeneration of plant life at a Federation outpost on Aldebaran III. (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

In 2345, Michael O'Brien sent a recorded audition of his son Miles O'Brien playing the cello to the Aldebaran Music Academy. (DS9: "Shadowplay")

Products

Aldebaran whiskey and Aldebaran drum sets were products made in this system. (ENT: "Zero Hour"; TNG: "Relics")

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Background information

According to StarTrek.com, Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) is a spectral type K5 star located 68 light years from Sol. It is one of the brightest stars in Earth's night sky.

For the remastered episode "Up The Long Ladder", Aldebaran replaced Alderaan.

In the Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 62) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) is a multi-star system with a trio of K-class stars and one M-class star. In 2385, this is a UFP system.

A scene from the script of TNG: "The Dauphin" would have had the Enterprise scheduled to visit a place called Aldebaran Zeta.

In the first draft script of ENT: "Strange New World", Travis Mayweather told a ghost story about a brain-sucking carnivore on a planet in the "Aldeberan system", though T'Pol refuted the tale, saying there were no such lifeforms in that system. During the episode's development, this ghost story instead became one about George Webb.

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