The Constellation Tucana

by Dominic Ford
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Tucana

Tucana is a faint constellation which lies close to the south celestial pole. Across much of the southern hemisphere it is circumpolar, but it appears highest in the evening sky in the months around September.

It represents a toucan and was created by Keyser & de Houtman in 1598.

Tucana is best known for its deep sky objects, which include 47 Tucanae, one of the brightest globular clusters in the sky. Most of the Small Magellanic Cloud also lies within its borders.

Date First Appeared
1598 (Keyser & de Houtman)
Sky Area
0.7% of the sky
294.6 square degrees
Messier Objects
Tucana contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Tucana contains the following Caldwell objects: C104, C106.
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Tucana: Eridanus, Grus, Hydrus, Indus, Octans, Phoenix.
Tucana Tucana
The constellation Tucana as it appears to the unaided eye. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

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Latitude:
Longitude:
Timezone:

41.14°N
73.26°W
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Color scheme


Brightest Objects in Tucana

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Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
α-Tuc (mag 2.8) NGC 330 (mag 9.6) NGC 104 (mag 4.0) NGC 292 (mag 2.2)
γ-Tuc (mag 4.0) NGC 346 (mag 10.3) NGC 362 (mag 6.6) IC 5250 (mag 11.1)
ζ-Tuc (mag 4.2) NGC 376 (mag 10.9) NGC 419 (mag 10.5) NGC 7329 (mag 11.3)
β¹-Tuc (mag 4.3) NGC 458 (mag 11.7) NGC 121 (mag 11.2) NGC 406 (mag 13.0)
ε-Tuc (mag 4.5) NGC 290 (mag 11.7) NGC 416 (mag 11.8) NGC 484 (mag 13.1)
β²-Tuc (mag 4.5) NGC 299 (mag 11.7) NGC 339 (mag 12.2) NGC 7219 (mag 13.1)
δ-Tuc (mag 4.5) NGC 361 (mag 11.8) NGC 7417 (mag 13.2)
κ-Tuc (mag 5.0) IC 1611 (mag 12.0) NGC 7676 (mag 13.4)
ν-Tuc (mag 5.0) NGC 306 (mag 12.1) NGC 360 (mag 13.4)
η-Tuc (mag 5.0) NGC 242 (mag 12.1) NGC 7823 (mag 13.4)
β³-Tuc (mag 5.1) NGC 411 (mag 12.1) NGC 7650 (mag 13.4)
HIP 110649 (mag 5.3) NGC 265 (mag 12.2) IC 5222 (mag 13.5)
ι-Tuc (mag 5.3) NGC 294 (mag 12.2) IC 5176 (mag 13.5)
ρ-Tuc (mag 5.4) NGC 152 (mag 12.3) NGC 466 (mag 13.6)
λ²-Tuc (mag 5.5) IC 1612 (mag 12.3) NGC 7358 (mag 13.6)
π-Tuc (mag 5.5) IC 1624 (mag 12.4) IC 5244 (mag 13.7)
HIP 377 (mag 5.6) NGC 256 (mag 12.5) NGC 53 (mag 13.7)
HIP 115620 (mag 5.6) NGC 269 (mag 12.6) NGC 440 (mag 13.8)
CG Tuc (mag 5.6) NGC 222 (mag 12.6) IC 5188 (mag 13.8)
HIP 115769 (mag 5.6) NGC 231 (mag 12.9) NGC 7734 (mag 13.9)
HIP 114948 (mag 5.7) NGC 176 (mag 13.0) NGC 432 (mag 14.0)
HIP 117088 (mag 5.7) NGC 422 (mag 13.3) IC 5227 (mag 14.0)
BQ Tuc (mag 5.8) IC 1660 (mag 13.5) IC 5323 (mag 14.0)
HIP 3170 (mag 5.9) IC 1626 (mag 13.8) IC 5324 (mag 14.1)
HIP 118092 (mag 5.9) IC 1655 (mag 14.0) NGC 7661 (mag 14.1)
HIP 111967 (mag 6.0) IC 1662 (mag 14.0) NGC 7697 (mag 14.3)
HIP 3352 (mag 6.0) NGC 220 (mag 14.4) IC 5249 (mag 14.3)
HIP 117105 (mag 6.1) IC 1641 (mag 15.0) NGC 7622 (mag 14.5)
θ-Tuc (mag 6.1) NGC 241 NGC 7733 (mag 14.5)
HIP 114699 (mag 6.1) NGC 267 NGC 7652 (mag 14.5)
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