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Constellation - Draco

jZeno on 4. Dec, 2009 — Lang: English

Constellation - Draco
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    Strip Reply to Ambrosius...Constellation series

    POEM: And though the Seven Lights bowed in their dance and wept,
    The Polar Dragon slept… by Yeats (from - Aedh pleads with the Elemental Powers)

    Draco, Latin for Dragon, is a constellation in the far north sky. Draco is circumpolar (never setting) for many observers in northern hemisphere. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and is now one of 88 modern constellations.

    Some features:

    Eltanin (Gamma Draconis) is the brightest star in Draco, with an apparent visual magnitude of 2.24 magnitude units. It is the Right Eye of the dragon in the picture.

    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.

    There are several faint galaxies in Draco, one of which is the lenticular galaxy NGC 5866, sometimes considered to be Messier Object 102.

    The Egyptians called Draco, Tawaret. They thought it looked like a fierce protective goddess whose body was a composite of crocodile, human, lioness, and hippopotamus parts.

    Info from wikipedia and a star chart book I have : ) I have always liked star gazing.

    Go out sometime and look for Draco and if you have a decent telescope you might be able to see some of the features above on a clear night. Have a fun star-watch : ]

    This strip is a reply to Connect the Stars
    ambrosius77, stars, dragon, constellation, draco, star, jZeno
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  • bluesockmonkey 4.7.2011
    what wonderful things you can see with your mind...
  • Maoriman 2.3.2010
    Great stuff...
  • piposkj 7.12.2009
    I've always loved dragons... in the sky, in my mind...
  • kennyreid 5.12.2009
  • dawg123 4.12.2009
    Cool like your dragon and congrats on being alpha!!
  • Flamingdeath 4.12.2009
    Very Cool.
  • MadameCercle 4.12.2009
    La collection de dragon est de toute beauté.
  • millefeuilles 4.12.2009
  • Robukka 4.12.2009
    + Cation - onstellcoDra
  • SnakeYukin 4.12.2009
    Great Dragon star in the sky.
  • Racso 4.12.2009
    really good work mate
  • Ambrosius77 4.12.2009
    I am glad that I could inspiring you! Great dragon, greatwork, great stars. Thank You very much! ++++++++
  • zodiac6 4.12.2009
    daymn u make it look u must have elves workin 4 u...great work...
  • shod0001 4.12.2009
    oh my god you did it again you keep getting better all the time. love it

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