Abbreviation: Â Dra
English Name: Â The Dragon
Hemisphere:Â Â Northern Hemisphere
Location:Â Between the constellations of Lyra and Ursa Minor.
Visible between latitudes: Â +90 and -15 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons:Â Spring, Summer and Autumn
Best seen in:Â Early July
Seen between:Â CircumpolarÂ (This constellation of Camelopardalis stays in the Sky all the year.)
Right Ascension (RA):Â 17 hour
Declination (DEC):Â Â +65 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 1,083 (8th)
Draco (The Dragon)
- Long rambling northern constellation representing the dragon slewing by Ursa Major and Hercules, with the Dragon’s head near the star, Vega.
- Some 5,000 years ago, the brightest star; Alpha Thuban, was the North Pole Star in ancient times, today our North Pole Star is now Polaris, also known as The North Star.
- No Messier Objects in Draco.
Features of Interest
- NGC 6543 – Cat’s Eye Nebula; very bright, fairly small oval, blue-green colour,Â also related toÂ IC 4677; part of halo of NGC 6543.
- ThubanÂ (Alpha Dra)
- RastabanÂ (Beta Dra)
- ETAMINÂ (Gamma Dra)
- Nodus SecundusÂ (Delta Dra)
- TylÂ (Epsilon Dra)
- AldhibahÂ (Zeta Dra)
- Ed AsichÂ (Iota Dra)
- GianfarÂ (Lambda Dra)
- ArrakisÂ (Mu Dra)
- KumaÂ (Nu 2 Dra)
- GrumiumÂ (Xi Dra)
- AlsafiÂ (Sigma Dra)
- DsibanÂ (Psi 1 Dra)
- Photo of the constellation;Â Draco, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Â Draco
- List of stars in Dorado.
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