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Draco (Dragon)

Month Best Visible

July

Hemisphere Visible

Northern


Eltanin is the brightest star in Draco. One of the deep-sky objects in Draco is the Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543), a planetary nebula that is said to look like a blue disc.

The ancient Egyptians identified Draco as 'Tawaret' the goddess of the northern sky. As the constellation never set she was shown to be a fierce protective goddess whose body consisted of crocodile, human, lioness, and hippopotamus parts.


Neighbouring Constellations

Hercules (Hercules)

Lyra (Lyre)

Ursa Minor (Little Bear (Dipper))

Ursa Major (Great Bear (Dipper))

Bo├Âtes (Herdsman)

Camelopardalis (Giraffe)

Cepheus (Cepheus)

Cygnus (Swan)

Picture of Draco