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Draco is a constellation in the Northern Hemisphere that was named for a dragon in Greek mythology (draco means "dragon" in Latin). Connect the dots and see if you can imagine a dragon. The tip of the dragon's tail is the star Giauzar.

The brightest star in the Draco is Thuban; it is located in the dragon's tail. (Thuban means "dragon or serpent" in Arabic. Thuban was the Earth's pole star about 5,000 years ago.) The second-brightest star in the Draco is Rastaban (which means "head of the dragon or serpent").

Draco is located near the northern celestial pole (now marked by the pole star Polaris); the tail of Draco is between the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. Polaris, which is also called the North Star, is a star that always points north, while the other stars in the northern sky seem to circle around it.

Throughout history, people have given names to groups of stars in the sky. A constellation is a group of stars that we see in the sky. These stars are not necessarily located together in space, but they look as though they are a group when seen from Earth. See if you can find these stars in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere.



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