The Toucan

Tucana Constellation

Origin of the Constellation

Tucana was created by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, who charted the southern skies in 1595 - 1597.

The Toucan is a large brightly colored South American bird with a large bill. An interesting object found in Tucana is the Small Magellanic Cloud, one of the two companion galaxies of the large Milky Way Galaxy in which we live. The other is the Large Magellanic Cloud found in Dorado.  


Copyright © 1998 - 2010 by Arnold V. Lesikar,
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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