From where Klaang was travelling when he crash-landed on Earth or where exactly Rigel Ten is?

If I'm not missing something essential then in "Broken Bow" it is said that:

  • Klaang was traveling from somewhere to Kronos, through Rigel Ten and crashed on Earth,
  • Archer's team was traveling from Earth, through Rigel Ten, to Kronos.

First assumptions says that Earth is somewhere between Rigel Ten and Kronos (because Klaang left Rigel Ten on his journey to Kronos and hit Earth) while second assumption says otherwise -- that Rigel Ten is somewhere between Earth and Kronos (because Archer left Earth on his way to Kronos and hit Rigel Ten).

What am I missing?

  • tenth planet of the star Rigel presumably
    – Jasen
    Feb 21, 2018 at 10:32
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    Maybe Klaang didn't want to travel in a straight line to shake off Sulaban pursuers.
    – steenbergh
    Feb 21, 2018 at 12:44
  • Maybe, or maybe one remembers that planets are in motion with respect to each other. I do not think that this issue has been addressed at all. Feb 21, 2018 at 14:33
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    @EdmundDantes Neither planets within a star system nor stars within the galaxy move at a rate that would appreciably change distances in the length of time the episode takes place.
    – T.J.L.
    Feb 21, 2018 at 16:43
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    @Tim and Jasen: I'm citing directly what I've heard in my version (if there are any others?) of this episode. So, "Rigel Ten", not "Rigel X" and not "Tenth planed of the Rigel system" and "Kronos" not "Qo'noS". I was also surprised, because I recall the other name from Deep Space 9.
    – trejder
    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:47

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Klaang went around 35LY in the wrong direction, presumably in an unsuccessful attempt to shake off his pursuers by mingling with shipping traffic and transport ships coming and going from Earth.

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