Betelgeuse (prn. bee-tle-jooce) was star system XY8S Z GAMMA and the home system of both Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox. The life forms of Betelgeuses are carbon based. The closest red supergiant in which holds two, maybe three planets. Betelgeuse's girls "will knock you off your feet", according to a chant recited by crowds outside the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Teleport Systems factory on Happi-Werld III.
The traditional space livery of the Betelguese trading scouts was green.
Betelgeuse VII is where Ford Prefect's father was born, and where a Hrung collapsed on, killing all the people who could speak in the dialect that Ford Prefect's name was spoken in. Therefore, since his own son could not pronounce his own name, Ford Prefect's dad died of shame, and the kids nicknamed him Ix, meaning, "boy who did not know what a Hrung was, or why it should collapse on Betelgeuse Seven.
New Betel is not known to be in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. This planet has a cafe in which Zaphod Beeblebrox and Hotblack Desiato practiced really bad songs for Disaster Area.