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Busy September, and a new record! October 2, 2008

Posted by jcconwell in Astronomy, IYA 2009, Observatory.
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Wow!!! Once a professor start teaching courses time goes by too fast..But the real reason I haven’t been talking about astronomy in cyberspace is I’ve been too busy talking to people in real space.

I was just looking at the count of visitors to the observatory. The total count for the month of September is 426, a new record for the month. The single night record is still the Mars observation from 2 years ago at 350. I’m not even adding in the three visits to schools this month.

The nice thing is about 1/2 the visitors are school age, K through 12. The smallest age group is college students. Friday nights are great for families, but most college students have other plans and many now go home for weekends.

The next public open house is on October 31. We traditionally ring the observatory with Jack-O-Lanterns, and for this date we may even have a few ghosts.

And perhaps a mad scientist, most people can’t tell the difference anyway….it’s OK ….I have tenure.

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