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Sarpeidon orbiting Beta Niobe
Class: M
Type: Planet
Status: Destroyed (2269)
Native Species: Sarpeidon natives
Location: Beta Niobe system
Alpha Quadrant
For the Cardassian planet, please see Sarpedion V.

Sarpeidon (or Beta Niobe I) was the only planet in the Beta Niobe system. 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" star chart


Many events of Sarpeidon's past paralleled events in Earth history, including an extended period of global glaciation, an ethnic or cultural group named Anglos, 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")

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.
In "All Our Yesterdays", Spock stated that Sarpeidon was "millions of light years away" from Vulcan. TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident" and "The Explored Galaxy" star chart established however the planet and star system were still located inside the Milky Way Galaxy. In "The Explored Galaxy" star chart, Beta Niobe was located between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. Both were identified in DS9: "Call to Arms" as being in the Alpha Quadrant.

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