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Tau Ceti III was an inhabited third planet orbiting the star Tau Ceti, located approximately eight light years from Earth. (TNG: "The Naked Now", production art)

Prior to stardate 41775, Jean-Luc Picard first met Walker Keel at "quite an exotic" bar on Tau Ceti III. (TNG: "Conspiracy")

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Background information Edit

This planet was only mentioned in dialogue.

"tow (rhymes with cow)- set-ee 3" was the pronunciation for Tau Ceti III from the script pronunciation guide.

Apocrypha Edit

According to The Worlds of the Federation (p. 112), Tau Ceti III was also known as Kaferia and to the natives as Kohath-Seredi. It was the planet from which Kaferian apples came, and also hosted the Kaferians, an insectoid species. Kaferia and Kaferians were also mentioned in various other novels and sources, and Kaferians were made canon when a labeled illustration from the FASA RPG module The Federation was used in an okudagram seen in "The Big Goodbye". The planet originating Kaferian apples is alluded to in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", and it is implied that both James T. Kirk and Gary Mitchell visited it multiple times, but it is not named in the episode.

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 44) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), the Kaferia (Tau Ceti) system was located in the Alpha Quadrant. In the late 24th century, this was a Federation system, with Tau Ceti III listed as a member.

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