Asteroid 16809, Galapagos, was discovered on October 21, 1997 at Starkenburg Observatory near Heppenheim, Hesse, Germany. The observatory has the discovery credit. It has a period of 4 years, 111 days and is slightly over 2 1/2 miles in diameter.

It was named for the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, an archipelago in the eastern Pacific famous for its vast variety of plant and animal species; a living laboratory of evolution, a visit to the islands in the 19th century by Charles Darwin was instrumental in his formulation of his theory of evolution.

The meaning of asteroid Galapagos seems to be flourishing in isolation, isolated and/or distinct environment, natural diversity and the fostering thereof, of scientific interest, to see evidence that something is false or not right.

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