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The Constellation of Draco

Because of a wobble in the earth's rotation (precession) in modern times the North Star is Polaris, in 3000 BC the North Star was Thuban in the constellation of Draco (the Dragon)

 

Constellation of Ursa Major (the Great Bear / the Plough )

In the Odyssey when Odysseus leaves the island of Calypso he is told to keep the constellation of Ursa Major (the Great Bear / the Plough ) on his left hand as he sails home. 

 

In the 'Iliad,' Homer mentions the constellations of Orion (the Hunter) and Ursa Major (the Great Bear), and the star groups of the Pleiades and the Hyades. 

(the Hyades are a v-shaped cluster of stars at the head of the constellation of Taurus). 

The Phoenicians seem to have used the constellation of Ursa Minor. 

Writing around the middle of the third century BC, a Greek poet, Aratus, calls Ursa Major 'Helice'. He also calls Ursa Minor 'Cynosura

 

 

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