Go-astronomy logo

Draco Constellation
Constellation Draco the Dragon Star Map

Draco, the Dragon (Dra)


The Northern constellation of Draco, the Dragon, is best viewed in Summer during the month of July. It's brightest star is Eltanin at magnitude 2.24. The boundary of the Draco constellation contains 22 stars that host known exoplanets.

Draco is a circumpolar constellation, so is visible year-round in the Northern hemisphere. Conversely, it is not visible in the opposite hemisphere unless you are close to the equator.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. DRAY-co
      1. Meaning:
      2. Dragon
      1. Genitive:
      2. Draconis
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Dra
      1. Asterism:
      2. Lozenge
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Ursa Major
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Northern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. NQ3
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. July
      1. Circumpolar** (N=northern, S=southern):
      2. N circumpolar
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 17h 57m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. 66° 4'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Eltanin  (2.24)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 22

    Brightest Stars in Draco

    The 10 brightest stars in the constellation Draco by magnitude.

        1. Star
        2. Magnitude
        3. Spectral class

      Double Stars in Draco

      These are the brightest and easiest-to-find double, triple, and quadruple star systems in the constellation Draco. Also see all star clusters.

          1. Star system
          2. Magnitudes
          3. Type
          1. 16/17 Draconis
          2. 5.4, 6.4, 5.5
          3. triple
          1. Mu Draconis
          2. 5.7, 5.7
          3. double
          1. Nu Draconis
          2. 4.9, 4.9
          3. double
          1. Psi Draconis
          2. 4.6, 5.6
          3. double
          1. 40/41 Draconis
          2. 5.7, 6.0
          3. double

        Nebulae in Draco

        Notable and easy-to-find nebulae in the constellation Draco . Also see all nebulae.

            1. Nebula name
            2. Catalog #
            3. Nebula type

          Galaxies in Draco

          The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find galaxies in the constellation Draco . Also see all galaxies.

              1. Galaxy name
              2. Alt name
              3. Galaxy type

            Milky Way Satellites in Draco

            Dwarf satellite galaxies that orbit the Milky Way Galaxy located in the constellation Draco. Also see all Milky Way satellite galaxies.

                1. Galaxy name
                2. Alt name
                3. Magnitude
                1. Draco Dwarf
                2. 10.9
                1. Draco II

              Exoplanets in Draco

              These are the most notable named exoplanet systems known in the constellation Draco. Bear in mind that we will likely discover billions of exoplanets in the years to come. Also see all exoplanets.

                  1. Host star name
                  2. Exoplanet name

                * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

                ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite).