Iota Andromedae (or 17 Andromedae) was a star located in the space of the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant.


This star is visible from Earth in the Sol system in the constellation of Andromeda, some 500 light-years distant. Iota Andromedae 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 'Iota Andromedae as a landmark defining the edge of the patrol area on the galactic east-west plane, opposite 56 Arietis. (TOS - Rihannsu novel: My Enemy, My Ally)

Since Iota Andromedae is a "real" star system, modern scientists know a few things about its distance and makeup that were not in Star Trek.



Stars, systems and objects of the Andromeda constellation
Andromeda Galaxy (M31 Galaxy) • Andromeda systemAlpha Andromedae (Delta Pegasi: Alferaz A, Hajj) • Beta Andromedae (Mirach) • Gamma Andromedae (Alam'ak, Behr'ak, Czar'ak) • Groombridge 34Iota AndromedaeMu AndromedaeUpsilon AndromedaeXi Andromedae

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