~ Draco the Dragon ~

Ten "Fun Facts" About my Constellation:

Draco is a circumpolar constellation is visable all night from northern latitudes.
One myth claims that draco was the dragon that guarded the golden apples on the tree in the garden.
During the time that draco's star Thuban was the pole star, it would have appeard to ancient sky watchers that the earth revolved around draco.
One of the deep-sky objects in Draco is the Cat's Eye Nebula, a planetary nebula that is said to look like a blue disc.
There are several faint galaxies in Draco, one of which is the lenticular galaxy NGC 5866, sometimes considered to be Messier Object 102.
Another is the draco dwarf Galaxy, one of the least luminous galaxies with an absolute magnatude of -8.6 and a diameter of only about 3,500 light years, descovered by Albert G. Wilson of Lowell Observatory.
Draco is the Latin name for dragon.
Draco the Dragon is circumpolar.
Sometimes, the dragon awakes, unleashing a fire of shooting stars. If the dragon awakes, youi can expect to hundreds to thousands of shooting stars
There is a spiral galaxy is in the center in the middle of the dragon


Myth or Legend Associated with my Constellation:

Draco the dragon is famous throughout mythology. This great beast was especially present in greek myth. One of the more popular stories involves Heracles and the twelve labors. Gaia gave Hera a golden apple tree when she married Zeus. Hera put the tree in the garden to be guarded by the Hesperide sand a dragon called Ladon.

Heracles asks Atlas to gather the apples while he and Athena held up the sky. Atlas, thinking he could trick Heracles into holding the sky forever, gladly accepted the mission. When he returned with the apples, Heracles slipped the sky back on Atlas' shoulders.Yet another story is set during the Titan war with Zeus. Athena was attacked by a dragon. She flung it into the air, wrapping it around the pole. To this day, the dragon remains in the night sky.

The constellation, Draco, can be found revolving around the celestial North Pole. This type of constellation is said to be circumpolar.



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List of other constellations that surround this one:

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  • Ursa Major
  • Ursa Minor
  • Hercules
  • Lyra
  • Cygnus

My Constellation is a Winter & Spring & Summer & Fall Season Constellation.

My Constellation is a Circumpolar Constellation (and therefore visible during all four seasons).

Seasonal Sky Chart for the Constellation: Draco

My constellation is a Northern constellation.

Above: Celestial Sphere

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