Position in the Sky

Tucana was named Toucan by Johann Bayer. Other astronomers, such as Kepler and Riccioli, called it Anser Americanus (the American Goose), but it was the Latinized form of Bayer's designation that stood the test of time. It occupies a piece of the sky south of Grus and Phoenix and north of Hydrus, all three of which were also named by Bayer.

Tucana contains the Small Magellanic Cloud, a small irregular galaxy that orbits the Milky Way.

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