reply to post by EarthCitizen07
Being gullible is OK, I suppose....but futher research is always a good idea, to get ALL sides, and not fall just for the most science-fictiony
version. This leads to unnecessary complication and angst. Good scary bedtime stories, though.....so there's that positive aspect.
But, a lot of good learning from sources (not just Wiki, though it was handy here, to be brief) can be had....and you benefit from the hard work and
lifetimes of devotion given the topics by others, before you.
Alpha Draconis used to be the north star, pointing always at true north, but now it has swapped positions with Polaris due to precession of the
equinoxes and motion of the stars themselves...
You have the concept of precession
stated correctly, and that's good. However, it's wild stretch to claim any significant change of position
in the sky of the very, very distant stars is discernible....because, certainly not by the naked eye. Any
changes in relative position happen
over extremely long spans of time, far longer than Humans have even existed in their present form.
Now, precession.....during the course of the approximately 26,000-year cycle of pole precession, several stars tend to "occupy" a position where the
physical axis of the Earth can be imagined to extend....and thus, show no "translation" across the sky as the planet rotates.
Your "Alpha Draconis" as pole star? Well....in about 3,000 BCE a star in what we now call the "Draco" constellation of stars fits that
In 3000 BC the faint star Thuban in the constellation Draco was the North Star. At magnitude 3.67
(fourth magnitude) it is only one-fifth as bright as Polaris, and today it is invisible in light-polluted urban skies.
Turns out, "Thurban" does get called "Alpha Draconis" too. You should read about its characteristics, though, in the link in its name, above.
Anyhow, it was about 5,000 years ago for that situation, of Thuban/A. Draconis in the pole position....much of Human history and tradition, originally
orally handed down, then written for posterity eventually, stems from around then. And, in Sumeria....they are mentioned frequently. Usually, alas,
by the hoaxer Sitchin, and his creative mistranslations. So, I think this may be the ultimate "source" for much of the legend, and hence your
Wiki also talks about "A. Draconis" in fiction:
Alpha Draconis (Thuban)
Futurama, episode: 'That Darn Katz!' The domestic house-cat is revealed to be from the 9th planet orbiting the star Thuban. Their planet
having stopped rotating in the year 3,500 B.C. they travel to Earth to harness its rotational energy. However in the process, the "Space Cats"
encounter the people of Ancient Egypt who worship them as gods, and as a result become complacent and domesticated; forgetting their original mission
until the events of the aforementioned episode.
Alpha Draconis is a star system that can be explored in the Mass Effect 2 video game.
BTW....the conventional "names" of constellations vary greatly, depending on the culture in question. The same patterns of stars that are named
"Draco" by some peoples of the World, will appear to be a different "animal" or shape, to others. For instance:
The Arabs did not interpret the constellation as a dragon, seeing instead an asterism called the Mother Camels.
It was the Greeks who thought it resembled a "dragon". You should read more about the other stars that form the constellation, and the ancient
myths and legends that have grown up around it: en.wikipedia.org...
Interestingly, the Chinese (a very, very ancient and long-established civilization) also considered the grouping of stars to resemble a "reptile",
it seems. I see some mention to the "Black Tortoise of the North".
However, Chinese "constellation" pattern interpretation is far more complicated. As I said, it's important to consider ALL Human cultures, when
trying to look at the past, and separate the myths from the "realities".
In Chinese astronomy, constellation Draco were divided in two areas. The areas are:
Purple Forbidden enclosure (紫微垣, Zǐ Wēi Yuán)
The Black Tortoise of the North (北方玄武, Běi Fāng Xuán