What an amazing festive present for us at Zooniverse HQ: the Zooniverse has signed up its 350,000th user! That’s a lot of people! There are now more people in the Zooniverse than there are in Iceland (or Belize or nearly the Bahamas)! We soon hope to take on Malta.
350,000 is roughly the amount the world’s population increases in two days! This means that the Zooniverse is big enough to fill nearly 4 Wembley Stadiums and over 8.5 Wrigley Fields! We are now more than twice the size of the world’s largest stadium in North Korea!
On a tactical note, there are now only 12 armies in the world that are larger than the Zooniverse user base (China, USA, India, North Korea, Russia, South Korea, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Vietnam and Mynamar). That means we can take on any nation in Europe – though not Iceland as they don’t have an army. Irony.
Standing side-by-side the Zooniverse could now fill the Vatican or hand-in-hand we could get half way around Saturn’s moon Mimas. We weigh the same as about 70 fully-loaded 747s and output a combined 42 Megawatts of energy – so we’ve a way to go before we can rival most power stations.
Assuming Santa delivers to 6.5 billion people this Christmas – it will take him just over 7 seconds to deliver to 350,000 people. Imagine how good he’s be at classifying galaxies! If only he had the time…
[Thanks to Creative Commons and Flickr user Tochis for portions of the image used in this post, which itself contains 350,000 pixels. Also: anyone noticed that the 14th is a really big day on the advent calendar?]