The Talos star group

The location of Talos on "The Explored Galaxy" star chart

The Talos star group was a stellar cluster in the Milky Way Galaxy which was named after the Talos system. This Alpha Quadrant system was described as being located "in the third quadrant of the vernal galaxy" in the Starfleet file "Talos IV". The system was about two light years from Starbase 11.

In 2254, this star group was approximately two weeks away from the Rigel system at the maximum cruising speed of a Constitution-class heavy cruiser. In 2267, this star group was six days away from Starbase 11 at the maximum warp speed of a Constitution-class heavy cruiser. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II"; DIS: "If Memory Serves")

Location

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

In 2399, the location of Talos was labeled in a star chart that was in Fleet Admiral Kirsten Clancy's office at Starfleet Headquarters. (PIC: "Maps and Legends")

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

History

By the mid-23rd century, the cluster was unexplored and was not the site of any colonies. The only expedition into the region, a survey by the SS Columbia, had culminated in the Columbia disappearing under mysterious circumstances in 2236. Eighteen years later, in 2254, the USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, on a search-and-recovery mission for survivors of the downed survey ship became the second ship to enter the star group. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II")

In the 2280s, a cargo container from Talos III, a planet in the Talos system, was transported to Regula for use in Project Genesis. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

In the 24th century, Talos IV, a sister planet to Talos III in the Talos system, was a stop on the commercial transport routes. (TNG-R: "Inheritance")

Background information

In the script of "The Cage", the Talos star group was described as "a dual-sun system."

The image of the Talos star group was a color astrophotographic exposure of M45, the Pleiades Cluster. The exposure was relatively short, and so was lacking detail of the characteristic Merope Nebula. However, the nebula does give a blue halo to the stars visible within the photograph.

The vernal galaxy information comes from the file "Talos IV" read by Captain James T. Kirk in "The Menagerie, Part I". It was unknown what the vernal galaxy was, exactly, and how its quadrants are arranged. This reference system was never used again. Dialogue in "The Cage" clearly states Earth and Talos to be in the same galaxy. According to Pike, the Enterprise originated from a stellar group at the other end of the galaxy relative to Talos.

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