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This was a variable star, visible from Earth in the Sol system in the constellation of Aries, some 500 light years distant. 56 Arietis was within boundaries of territory claimed by the United Federation of Planets, near the border of the Romulan Star Empire.
In the 2270s decade, when Captain James T. Kirk was defining a patrol area for a small fleet of Starfleet starships under his command, he used 56 Arietis as a landmark defining the edge of the patrol area on the galactic east-west plane, opposite Iota Andromedae. (TOS - Rihannsu novel: My Enemy, My Ally)
- Since 56 Arietis is a "real" star system, modern scientists know a few things about its distance and makeup that were not in Star Trek.
|objects of the Aries constellation|
|stars and systems||5 Arietis • 6 Arietis • 13 Arietis • 56 Arietis • 57 Arietis • 415 Arietis • 780 Arietis • Alpha Arietis • Beta Arietis • Botein • Delta Arietis • El Nath • Gamma Arietis • Hamal • Mesarthim • Orundwiir • Sheratan • SX Arietis|
|planets and planetoids||Botein III • Hamal IV • Mesarthim • Sheratan VII • Valerian • Vellurius|
|outposts and stations||Starbase 18 • Starbase 20|