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For the similarly named government, please see Rigel Beta.

Beta Rigel, or, more simply, Rigel, was a star system in the Alpha Quadrant.

In 2256, the location of Beta Rigel 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 2257, during the first Federation-Klingon War, this star system was occupied by the Klingons. (DIS: "The War Without, The War Within")

In 2258, the system's location was labeled on a star chart seen on the main viewscreen of the USS Enterprise. (DIS: "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2")

In 2259, the location of this system was labeled on a stellar cartography chart that was seen on the USS Enterprise's ready room viewscreen. This system's symbol had a blue color, indicating that it was affiliated with the United Federation of Planets. (SNW: "Strange New Worlds", "Spock Amok")

The system's location was labeled in a Federation star chart that was in Fleet Admiral Kirsten Clancy's office at Starfleet Headquarters in 2399 and on the bridge of the USS Titan-A in 2401. The Beta Rigel system was in or near to Federation space. (PIC: "Maps and Legends", "The Next Generation", "Disengage")

In 2401, this system's position was labeled on a star chart used by Captain William T. Riker during his attempt at finding the last known location of the SS Eleos XII. (PIC: "The Next Generation")

In 3190, the location of Rigel was labeled on a star chart used by Commander Paul Stamets for tracking the movement of the Dark Matter Anomaly through the galaxy. (DIS: "The Examples")

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This star system was only mentioned in writing.

In the Star Trek: Picard episode "Maps and Legends", the system's name is formatted as "(Beta) Rigel".

The map on which this location appeared was inspired by Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 62) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"). Star Trek: Star Charts was the first to identify this location as a star, explaining on p. 59 that it is distinct from the "true" Rigel, by which it means the real star of that name. According to p. 52, this Rigel is host to Rigel IV as well as Rigel X, the Rigel Colony visited by Enterprise on its maiden voyage. As such, the existence of Beta Rigel fixes an issue, as the real Rigel is very remote, given as 773 ly away in the book but more recently estimated at around 863 ly, whereas "Broken Bow" is set before "Two Days and Two Nights", which establishes that Enterprise is about 90 ly from home and as such has traveled as far as any Human has ever traveled from Earth. Furthermore, a situation where there are two Rigels explains how there could be both many populated and popular planets with the name Rigel, some apparently even containing Human populations, and yet also seemingly remote and far from civilization planets such as Rigel VII and Rigel XII.

In the Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 62) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), the primary of Beta Rigel was an A-class star.

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According to the ENT novel Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett, the Beta Rigel system was the home of the Rigelians, the turtle-like Chelon, and the primitive Kalar.

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