Aldebaran was the primary of the inhabited Aldebaran system. This star was located in the region of space between the sectors 184/02 and 185/138. (TNG-R: "Up The Long Ladder", okudagram)
The Aldebaran mud leech, the Aldebaran serpent, Aldebaran whiskey, Aldebaran shellmouth, and Aldebaran drum sets originated from this system. (TOS: "Amok Time"; TNG: "Hide and Q", "Relics"; ENT: "Anomaly", "Zero Hour")
In 2135, the HMS New Zealand was launched from Earth on a diplomatic mission to the Aldebaran system. (TNG-R: "Up The Long Ladder", okudagram)
In the 2260s, Janet and Theodore Wallace performed experiments using carbohydrate compounds to slow the aging of plants at a Federation outpost on Aldebaran III. (TOS: "The Deadly Years")
In 2293, the location of Aldebaran 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)
Prior to the 2340s, the Aldebaran Music Academy was founded on a planet in this system. (DS9: "Shadowplay")
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Aldebaran is a real star. According to Startrek.com, Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) was a spectral type K5 star located 68 light years from Sol. 
For the remastered episode "Up The Long Ladder", Aldebaran replaced Alderaan.
According to Star Trek: Star Charts (pg. 60), Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) was a quadrinary star system. Aldebaran A was a K-class star with a magnitude of -1, which was a hundred times brighter than Sol. Aldebaran B and C were K-class stars and Aldebaran D was an M-class star.
A scene from the script of TNG: "The Dauphin" would have had Enterprise scheduled to visit a place called Aldebaran Zeta.
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