Betelgeuse - class M - United Federation of Planets
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Betelgeuse IV is a Class M planet located in the Alpha Quadrant. the planet is a member world of the United Federation of Planets.
Betelgeuse (also known as Alpha Orionis) is a star located about 130 parsecs (430 light years) from Earth, where it is visible in the constellation of Orion.
The planet is very close to the borders of the Orion Syndicate, in fact it is the only star system in the Orion Constellation that is not in Orion Space. it orbits the star Betelgeuse. The primary star is threatening to go supernova within the next 1,000 years, and so they are frantically conducting research in an effort to save their planet. The planet has a very erratic orbit, caused by the vast tidal gravities affecting it caused by the constant contraction and expansion of their sun. In addition, there are five other stars close enough to affect the orbits of all the planets in the system, with Betelgeuse III somehow managing to avoid the worst of the effects. The planet is very tectonically active and the inhabitants are among some of the most sophisticated Planetary and Stellar scientists in the Federation.
The planet is the only one in the system that is habitable without artificial habitats, and it possesses a massive hydrosphere. The planet is moonless, although from time to time it captures and looses asteroids and other stellar debris that cross its path.
In 2230, Betelgeuse was accepted as a member system of the United Federation of Planets. By the mid 23rd century, the Betelgeusians became aware that their sun would soon enter an expansion phase, rendering Betelgeuse II uninhabitable, and the species began an exodus from their homeworld. Betelgeuse XIII was home to a major Orion population centre, known in the 23rd century for a cheerfully decadent lifestyle and thriving criminal activity.