Over the last week I have been exploring different representations of the constellation Draco. Draco is a large snake like constellation the basic shape is a trapezoid connected to a long tail. Draco is circumpolar and can always be found in the Northern sky its tail is between Ursa Major and Minor coiling around Polaris (North Star).
Unsurprisingly, Draco means dragon or large serpent/reptile. It was believed in ancient times that the Greco/Roman Goddess of Wisdom and War Athena/Minerva cast Draco into the sky during a battle. Draco may also be the great Dragon Landon who guarded the golden apples and was dispatch by Hercules whom’s constellation is found near Draco’s head in the Northern sky.
You can watch this dragon spew fire in the form of the Draconid Meteor Shower this October. You can learn more about the Draconid meteor shower at Earth Sky News.
Happy Art Journey,