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Sarpeidon orbiting Beta Niobe

Class: M
Type: Planet
Status: Destroyed
Native Species: Sarpeidon natives
Location: Beta Niobe system
Alpha Quadrant
You may also be looking for the Cardassian planet Sarpedion V.

Sarpeidon (or Beta Niobe I) was the only planet in the Beta Niobe planetary system. The atmosphere was capable of supporting humanoid life-forms. This inhabited planet was classified as M-class. The planet was the homeworld for a pre-spaceflight humanoid species, the Sarpeidon natives. The planet was destroyed in the Beta Niobe supernova of 2269. (TOS: "All Our Yesterdays") The Beta Niobe system was located in the Alpha Quadrant. Its location in the Milky Way Galaxy was depicted on a Federation star chart in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

The Explored Galaxy

The location of Beta Niobe in "The Explored Galaxy" wall chart


Many events of Sarpeidon's past paralleled events in Earth history, including an extended period of global glaciation and paranoia due to fears of witchcraft. The planet was once ruled by a tyrant named Zor Kahn.

In 2269, hours before the sun went nova, the USS Enterprise arrived to warn the native species of their impending doom. However, they found that prior to the planet's destruction, all of its inhabitants had evacuated back in time, using a time portal known as the Atavachron, into various eras of the planet's past. (TOS: "All Our Yesterdays")

It was stated by Spock that Sarpeidon was "millions of light years away" from Vulcan. TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident" and the star chart from "Conspiracy" established however the planet was actually still located inside the Milky Way Galaxy. For the 2007 remastered version of "All Our Yesterdays", Sarpeidon was given a CGI-makeover, now a unique planet rather than a reuse of stock footage.
"The Explored Galaxy" was a map of charted space in the Alpha Quadrant. The Tholian Assembly and Romulus/Remus were identified in dialog as being located in this quadrant. (DS9: "The Search, Part II", "Call to Arms") This chart was also seen in several Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes set in the 24th century, from the year 2364 to 2370. These were: TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Measure Of A Man", "The Emissary", "The Mind's Eye", "The Game" and DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Cardassians".

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