(covers information from several alternate timelines)
The Sol system (also known as the Terran system) was an inhabited star system located within a stellar cluster. This system was located in Sector 001 (the Sol Sector), a region of space in the Alpha Quadrant. This was the capital system of the United Federation of Planets.
Solar System Maps Edit
In 2254, the inner system was depicted on a map of the inner system, which was stored in the USS Enterprise library computer. This was one of the records scanned by the Talosians. (TOS: "The Cage", production art)
In 2267, Chart 14A: The Sol System, which was stored in the Enterprise library computer, was a map of the Sol system. This chart was scanned by the probe Nomad in Auxiliary Control. (TOS: "The Changeling", production art)
Star Charts Edit
In the 2270s, the location of Sol, and its largest planet Jupiter, was labeled on a neighborhood of astronomical objects, which was stored in the Enterprise library computer. This was one of the records scanned by V'Ger. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, production art)
In 2293, the location of Sol was labeled in a map of the Milky Way Galaxy. This map was on a wall of Captain James T. Kirk's quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-A. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, okudagram)
In 2364, the location of Sol was labeled in a star chart, which showed the distance of this sun to neighboring stars in light years. This record was stored in the USS Enterprise-D library computer. The Portal of Outpost 63 scanned this record that year. (TNG: "The Naked Now", "The Last Outpost", production art)
Physical Characteristics Edit
This system consisted of its primary Sol and nine planets. An asteroid belt bifurcated the system into an inner system and outer system. The inner system had four terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. The outer system had four gas giants and one terrestrial planet. The gas giants were Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The sole terrestrial planet in the outer system, and outermost planet in the Sol system, was Pluto. (TOS: "The Cage", "Tomorrow is Yesterday", TAS: "One of Our Planets Is Missing", Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek Generations}
Known System Locations
- Sol (primary star)
- Mercury (Sol I)
- Venus (Sol II)
- Earth (Sol III)
- Mars (Sol IV)
- Asteroid Belt
- Jupiter (Sol V)
- Saturn (Sol VI)
- Uranus (Sol VII)
- Neptune (Sol VIII)
- Triton (moon)
- Pluto (Sol IX)
- Burke (comet; crashed into Mars 2155)
- Halley's Comet (comet)
- 1889 V (comet)
- 1892 III Holmes (comet)
- 1892 V (comet)
- Biela's Komet (comet)
- d'Arrest (comet)
- De Vico's Komet (comet)
- Enke's Komet (comet)
- Faye's Komet (comet)
- Finley (comet)
- Winnecke's Komet (comet)
Approximately five billion years ago, the embroyonic Sol system was created from a nebula consisting of interstellar gas and dust. Over time, gravity contracted and thinned this nebula, with the highest density of gases and dust at the center, which internal pressures ignited by process of fusion reaction, resulting in the birth of Sol. The smaller bodies - planets, moons, asteroids, comets - were formed by the coalescence and cooling of the remaining gases and dust. (VOY: "Future's End")
Approximately four billion years ago, an ancient species of humaniods injected genetic material into the primoridal soup on Earth. Five hundred million yeas later, life began on Earth. (TNG: "The Chase", "All Good Things...")
Approximately sixty-five million years ago, a comet collided with the planet Earth. With this mass extinction event ending the dinosaurian era, mammals rose to prominence. One of those mammalian species, Humans, forged a civilization on their home planet. Starting in the mid-20th century, Humans began the process of exploring and colonizing their home system. By the late 24th century, there were Humans living on Venus - which was being terraformed into a M-class planet, on Luna, on Mars, and on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow", "By Any Other Name"; DS9: "Past Tense, Part I"; ENT: "Strange New World", "Azati Prime")
In an alternate timeline, all major inhabited planets and colonies in the Sol system were destroyed by the Xindi weapon. This ended when the Enterprise NX-01 crew sacrificed themselves to change the future by erasing interspatial parasites from Jonathan Archer, allowing him to remain in command and find and destroy the weapon. (ENT: "Twilight")
In another alternate timeline, the entire Sol system was destroyed in a temporal explosion when Henry Starling took the timeship Aeon from the 20th century to the 29th century without properly calibrating the temporal matrix. This event nearly happened but was stopped when Captain Janeway manually fired a photon torpedo from USS Voyager at the Aeon as it entered the temporal rift, destroying it and killing Starling. (VOY: "Future's End", "Future's End, Part II")
Background information Edit
In "Two Days and Two Nights", the NX-class Enterprise, set a milestone several months after its mission to Qo'noS ("Broken Bow"), by becoming the first Earth ship to travel 90 light years away from the Sol system. Qo'noS was identified as a Beta Quadrant planet in "Star Trek: Into Darkness".
The chart naming astronomical objects was from the Star Fleet Technical Manual.
The chart naming stars within 20 light years of Sol was drawn by Rick Sternbach for the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology in the late 1970s. Found on page 77, this chart showed Earth commercial and exploration routes after the use of warp drive began. Sol was a stop on the Alpha Centauri-Epsilon Eridani commerical route.
According to Star Trek: Star Charts (Pg. 19), although the Sol system is located in the exact corner of the sector and was thus divided equally among all eight sectors, it is considered to be in Sector 001 for purposes of celestial navigation. Similarity, while the Sol system is divided equally between the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, it is considered to be part of the Alpha Quadrant.
According to The Worlds of the Federation, there was a tenth planet beyond Pluto.
The real-world debate on the status of Pluto as a planet was referenced in the novel Before Dishonor.