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Charles Darwin is undoubtedly the Galapagos Islands' most famous visitor. When he visited in 1835 he would have looked up and admired the splendid night sky that today's visitors can still enjoy. Due to the lack of air pollution and absence of artificial lighting, you can see many more stars than in a city back home. The night sky you can see in the Galapagos today is not very much different from that Darwin would have seen.

(Map generated by software available from Your Sky)

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sky map

horizon view


Image of Galapagos 1835 star map sky view

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The sky map shows the entire sky as viewed from the Galapagos Islands in 1835. This represents what Charles Darwin may have seen on his first day there, September 15. This is a stereographic projection, which is the convention for printed star maps.

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Image of Galapagos 1835 star map horizon view

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The horizon view shows the same sky as that above but as it may have looked when Darwin was facing north.

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"...A starlit or a moonlit dome disdains
All that man is..."
W.B. Yeats, Byzantium 1933

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