Friday, February 6, 2009

2008's Attendance Numbers

January managed to slip past me without me reporting here on how many people came to visit Palomar Observatory. Our people counter in the stairway of the big dome recorded its highest number ever--118,248. That's significantly higher than the value for 2003 (my first year here) -- 44,733.

Back in July of last year we first put out our first-ever guest book. One of the observatory's docents compiled the where people came from for just the July through December period of last year. Here is what he found:

1 - Visitors came from ALL 50 states, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

2 - International visitors came from 56 countries and all continents except Antarctica.

Wow! Big thanks to Tom K for going through the guest books to compile this!

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