Tuc - Tucana the Toucan

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Intro and Visual description

Special Stars:  Alpha-Tucanae. Magnitude 2.9, orange. 114 LY.

Star Clusters:  47 Tucanae, often regarded as one of the most beautiful globular clusters, lies directly in front of the Small Magellenic Cloud. 15,000 LY.

Galaxies: See the description of the Small Magellenic Cloud on the web page for Dorado the Swordfish.

Origin and History

One of the eleven southern constellations created by Pieter Dirksz Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in 1596. These were published in Plate Aaa of Johann Bayer, Uranographia (1603).

Constellation Info

Abbr: Tuc

Genitive: Tucanae

Size: 48 of 88

RA: 0 hours

Evening culmination (9 pm): October, November

Midnight Culmination: September

Decl: -65 degrees

Entirely visible from: S of 14° latitude

Partially visible from: between 14° and 33° latitude

Not visible at all from: N of 33° latitude


Bordering constellations:

Constellation - Names

Arabic: الطوقان

Chinese: 杜鵑座

English: Toucan

French: Toucan

German: Tukan

Greek: Τουκάνα

Hebrew: טוקאן

Italian: Tucano

Latin: Tucana

Russian: Тукан

Spanish: Tucán

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