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Abbreviation:  Dra
English Name:  The Dragon
Genitive: Thuban
Hemisphere:  Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Lyra and Ursa Minor.
Visible between latitudes:  
+90 and -15 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Best seen in:  Early July
Seen between: Circumpolar (This constellation of Camelopardalis stays in the Sky all the year.)
Right Ascension (RA):  17 hour
Declination (DEC):  +65 degrees
Area (square degrees):  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.

Messier Objects

  • No Messier Objects in Draco.

Features of Interest

  • NGC 6543 – Cat’s Eye Nebula; very bright, fairly small oval, blue-green colour, also related to IC 4677; part of halo of NGC 6543.

Named Stars

  • Thuban (Alpha Dra)
  • Rastaban (Beta Dra)
  • ETAMIN (Gamma Dra)
  • Nodus Secundus (Delta Dra)
  • Tyl (Epsilon Dra)
  • Aldhibah (Zeta Dra)
  • Ed Asich (Iota Dra)
  • Gianfar (Lambda Dra)
  • Arrakis (Mu Dra)
  • Kuma (Nu 2 Dra)
  • Grumium (Xi Dra)
  • Alsafi (Sigma Dra)
  • Dsiban (Psi 1 Dra)


  • Photo of the constellation; Draco, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
  • Sky Chart  –  Draco
  • List of stars in Dorado.


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