Features Of Interest

BETA (P) TUCANAE 2 1 5 A naked-eye or binocular double star of 4th and 5th magnitudes. Small telescopes further divide the brighter component into two.

KAPPA (k) TUCANAE 5 A double star of 5th and 7th magnitudes, divisible through a small telescope.

THE SMALL MAGELLANIC CLOUD (SMC) 2 1 5 The lesser of the two satellite galaxies that accompany our own home galaxy. It lies about 190,000 light-years away. To the naked eye, the Cloud looks like a detached patch of the Milky Way, seven times the apparent width of a full moon. Binoculars and small telescopes show star fields and clusters within the Small Magellanic Cloud.

47 TUCANAE (NGC 104) 2 1 5 A prominent globular cluster near the Small Magellanic Cloud. Actually, it is a foreground object in our own galaxy and not associated with the Cloud. To the naked eye, it appears like a hazy 4th-magnitude star. Through binoculars and small telescopes, 47 Tucanae appears to cover the same area of sky as a full moon. It is regarded as the second-best globular cluster in the entire sky, bettered only by Omega (ra) Centauri.

NGC 362 1 5 A smaller and fainter globular cluster than 47 Tucanae near the northern tip of the Small Magellanic Cloud, which will need binoculars or a small telescope to be seen. Like 47 Tucanae, it is a foreground object in our own galaxy.

Hydrus Hydri (Hyi)


This constellation of the far southern sky lies between the two Magellanic Clouds and was introduced in the late 16th century by the Dutch navigator—astronomers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. It represents a small water snake and is not to be confused

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