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Tucana – The Toucan

Tucana is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Tucana is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Tucana is also known as ‘The Toucan’



History & Mythology

Tucana is a faint constellation in the far southern sky that was introduced in the late 16th century as one of the 12 constellations discovered by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser & Frederick De Houtman. This constellation doesn’t have any legends and none of the stars are named. The constellation does however have  some noticeable features, such as 47 Tucanae which is the 2nd brightest globular cluster visible from Earth.      

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Tucana is bordered by constellations Phoenix, Grus, Eridanus, Indus, Octans & Hydrus.  

Sky Chart #: 2.

Star Raking: 48th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Tucana consists of 3 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Tucanae.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Tucana has 5 stars with planets.

# 2. The Small Magellanic Cloud is in Tucana.

# 3. Alpha Tucanae is the brightest star Tucana.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Tucana also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Tucana have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Tucana?

Q. How many stars have planets in Tucana?

Q. What number star ranking is Tucana in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Tucana Constellation here: Tucana Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more info on the Tucana Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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