The constellation's name means “ the dragon ” in Latin. Draco represents Ladon, the dragon that guarded the gardens of the Hesperides in Greek mythology. An ancient constellation which represents nearly every dragon mentioned in history. The most famous story involving Draco tells that he was the dragon that. It is unclear precisely which mythological dragon Draco represents. There are, however, three main contenders. One version--the least likely--of the Draco story. They are a known source of x-rays. Athena grabbed the dragon's tail and threw it into the sky, where it became twisted around the the northern pole of the sky. Each direction is symbolized Atlas , thinking he could trick Heracles into holding the sky forever, gladly accepted the mission. It has an apparent magnitude of 3. It was the first star identified by the Kepler spacecraft as a possible host to a small transiting exoplanet. It is 59 times more luminous than the Sun. Best visible at Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License ; additional terms may apply. Best visible at They proved untrustworthy guards, for they kept picking the apples. These pages are the work of Cathy Bell cmbell at comfychair dot org originally for the Princeton University course CLA It is interesting, however, to note that Ovid himself does not equate the dragon of Mars with Draco. Crux Triangulum Australe Vopel Due to a stroke of bad luck, a bright star happens to lie between the galaxy and the Earth, meaning our view is partly obscured by the glare of the star. Its average minimum magnitude is approximately A white giant, it belongs to the spectral class A0III and is approximately light years distant. It is also related to IC , a nebula that appears as a bar 1. John Tanke has theorized that the words dragon and draugr might be related.