Tucana is a Southern Hemisphere constellation otherwise known as the Toucan. It is one of twelve constellations created around 1597 by Petrus Plancius (Wikipedia) from observations by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. Tucana remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).

Tucana (abbrev. = Tuc; genitive = Tucanae) covers 295 square degrees or 0.71% of the celestial sphere making it the 48th largest constellation. It contains 45 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Alpha Tucanae.

For more information see the entries for Tucana at Wikipedia and U. Wisconsin. For a chart of Tucana, see Tuc (IAU).

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