Galapagos Skywatching

Galapagos skywatching is a fantastic experience you must not miss during your trip to these Enchanted Islands...

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You can experience astonishing views of the night sky in the Galapagos Islands. And of course, at Finch Bay Hotel the sights couldn't be any different.

Stargazing in Galapagos is incredible due to the fact that the islands have no artificial light pollution (like in a large city), and that the southern skies are just packed with unique constellations, and some very bright stars.

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Of course, identifying stars is not a difficult task anymore since the most important Expedition Staffs are equipped with some great tools like astronomy field guides, skywatching software, and some have one-of-a-kind stargazing laser pointers.

All this just adds not only excitement at night, but an in depth approach to what is right above you.

Now, what is happening during September and October in our night sky as celestial highlights?

First of all, as the Equinox approaches near September 23, days are just becoming equal, and later in October the Great Square of Pegasus can be seen from both hemispheres.

Locally though, there are some exciting things to look at night.

For example, looking northeast you will find Andromeda closer to the horizon and Pisces farther east. Capricornus and Aquarius are almost overhead.

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If looking southwest, Scorpius dominates the sky with Sagittarius above it. In October, when facing northeast, we gradually start seeing early in the evening the first stars of Taurus, particularly Aldebaran.

But, a highlight to look for is the arrival of the Orionids meteor shower, around October 21.

This meteor shower, just like the Eta Aquarids of May, are the cosmic dust from Halley's Comet. Better viewing of this will be past midnight.

Without a doubt, to many guests coming from northern latitudes, a highlight will be to see constellations like the famous Southern Cross (Crux), Musca, or Vela, all representatives of the southern skies.

The Expedition has gladly traded the Casino Night of cruise ships, for an Evening With The Stars.

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Galapagos skywatching is another spectacular experience you shall not miss during your trip to the Enchanted Islands...

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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