Abbreviation:  Tue
English Name:  The Toucan
Genitive: Tucanae
Hemisphere:  Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Eridanus and Pavo.
Visible between latitudes:  
+15 and -90 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in:  During the laste week of October.
Seen between: September and Early December
Right Ascension (RA):  00 hour
Declination (DEC):  -65 degrees
Area (square degrees):  295 (48th)

Tucana  (The Toucan)

  • Far southern constellation and close to the most notable naked-eye object – Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) and the superb Globular Cluster – 47 Tucanae (NGC 104).
  • There are a number of galaxies but these are faint due the concentration feeble gas and dust in our galaxy (Milky-Way).

Messier Objects

  • No Messier objects in Tacana.

Features of Interest

  • Small Magellanic Clouds (SMC)  –  Irregular Galaxy; satellite of our Milky-Way, sometimes known as `Nubecula Minor`.  It has less dust and more gas than the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), but fewer clusters and nebulae, also really easily to visible to the naked-eye (Magnitude: +2.0). (In the photo, SMC is shown on the right, on the left – LMC.)
  • 47 Tuc  –  Globular Cluster; also known as NGC 104 and Caldwell 106 (C106), very high concentration of stars – very bright and large; dimly visible to the naked-eye. Absolutely, remarkable object! (Magnitude: +4.0).

Named Stars

  • Kappa Tucanae is a group of four stars: two binary stars.


  • Photo of the constellation; Tucana, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
  • Sky Chart  –  Tucana
  • List of stars in Tucana.


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