Draco (Pronounciation:Drac-o, Abbrev:Dra) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Draco takes up 1082.952 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 2.63% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Dragon . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.
Draco is a northern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the southern hemisphere. The brightest star in Draco is Eltanin. There are 7 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) detailed on this site.
There are said to be two possible stories behind this constellation. The first is that the Dragon that fought Minerva during the wars between the Gods and the Giants. The Dragon got there because it lost the fight with Minerva and was thrown into the heavens.
The other story is that it is the dragon that Hera put in the Garden of Hesperidia`s to protect the golden apples. The apples grew on a tree given to her as a wedding present by Gaia. Hercules slayed the dragon by throwing a spear into the garden. Atlas retrieved the apples for Hercules who took them to Eurystheus.
There are 35 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.
|Name||Activity||Peak Activity||Closest Star|
|January Draconids||10-24 Jan||13/16 Jan|
|Eta Draconids||Mar 22 - Apri 8||Mar 29/31||Aldhibain|
|Draconids||October 6-10||Oct. 9/10||Rastaban|
|Aldhibah||339.75||+65 d 42 ` 52.7||17h 08m 47.23|
|Aldhibain||87.73||+61 d 30 ` 50.7||16h 23m 59.51|
|Alrakis||87.96||+54 d 28 ` 11.5||17h 05m 20.18|
|Alsafi||18.81||+69 d 39 ` 55.4||19h 32m 20.59|
|Altais||100.23||+67 d 39 ` 40.7||19h 12m 33.15|
|Edasich||102.18||+58 d 57 ` 57.7||15h 24m 55.78|
|Eltanin||147.59||+51 d 29 ` 20.2||17h 56m 36.38|
|Gianfar||334.18||+69 d 19 ` 52.0||11h 31m 24.29|
|Grumium||111.47||+56 d 52 ` 20.8||17h 53m 31.63|
|Kuma||98.96||+55 d 11 ` 02.8||17h 32m 10.42|
|Rastaban||361.6||+52 d 18 ` 04.9||17h 30m 25.98|
|Thuban||308.87||+64 d 22 ` 32.9||14h 04m 23.43|
|Tyl||87.73||+61 d 30 ` 50.7||16h 23m 59.51|
|Spindle Galaxy||Lenticular Galaxy||30 Million||+55:45:48||15h 06h 29m 5|
|Tadpole Galaxy||Barred Spiral Galaxy||400 Million||+55:25:32||16h 6h 3|