Location.—About 10° from α Ursæ Majoris—from α to δ is 10°—slightly south of, that is above, the line from α to Polaris, is Giansar, λ in the tip of the Dragon's tail. Above λ, and almost in line with it, are two more stars in Draco, which form with two stars in Ursa Major a quadrilateral. (See diagram.) Draco now curves sharply eastward, coiling about the Little Bear as shown, then turns abruptly southerly, ending in
Thuban could be seen by day or night from the bottom of the central passage of several of the Pyramids in Egypt.
The rising of Eltanin was visible about thirty-five hundred years b.c. through the central passages of the temples of Hathor at Denderah. The Egyptians called Draco "The Hippopotamus."
Vega and the four stars in the Dragon's head offer an opportunity to compare the first five stellar magnitudes with which all should be familiar.