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Tucana

The Toucan

Abbreviation: Tuc
Genitive: Tucanae

The constellation of Tucana

At the end of the sixteenth century the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman allowed Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius to create this constellation.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
C104 This globular cluster appears to lie very near to the Small Magellanic Cloud but belongs, in fact, to our own galaxy. Unlike 47 Tucanae, optical aids are required to observe this object.
C106 47 Tucanae The second brightest globular cluster visible from Earth, 47 Tucanae appears to the naked eye as a fuzzy fourth magnitude star but binoculars reveal its true nature. Even a modest telescope will resolve individual stars.
NGC 292 Small Magellanic Cloud This dwarf irregular galaxy is one of the Milky Way's nearest galactic neighbours. It is visible to the naked eye as a hazy patch of light but binoculars or a small telescope reveal clusters and nebulae within it.