The constellation, Draco the dragon.
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Chris Gleason, Windows to the Universe
Draco the Dragon
Draco the dragon is a long constellation found in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a circumpolar constellation, which means it revolves around the North Pole. People in the Southern Hemisphere can't see it.
The head is made of four stars. You can find it north of Hercules. The body slithers around and ends between the Big and Little Dippers.
One myth about the dragon comes from Greece. In the story, the dragon Ladon protects the golden apple tree from thieves.
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