Happy New Year!
You, the players, sure have struck the note for 2004, by gathering to Tranquility in greater numbers at the same time since 2003.08.31. Yes 5.605 simultaneous players is more than a 4 month high.
And this is after the end of the "back to EVE Online" promo that was run for the 10 last days of 2003.
With this keeping up, together we will claim the world record for most players in the same world in no time at all