How To Use NORAD To Track Santa
If you like to add those extra magic touches to Christmas, this is a really easy one. Honestly, it’s all done for you. And it’s the perfect solution if your children are already asking, ‘when is Santa coming?’
The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Santa Tracker will help your little ones follow Father Christmas on his journey from the North Pole on Christmas Eve. And this means they know exactly where he – and their presents – are! We’ve used NORAD to track Santa every single Christmas and it’s an essential part of our Christmas preparation.
What is the NORAD Santa Tracker?
NORAD – which for the rest of the year focuses on defending US airspace – uses its entire North Warning System of 47 radar installations to check for signs of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole.
Once Santa has set off, satellites are then used to track his progress. Located 22,3000 miles above Earth, they have infrared sensors which means they can see the heat given off by Rudolph’s red nose.
The technology needs to be good – Santa flies at around 1,800 miles a second and needs to visit 390,000 homes a minute.
All you need to do is click on the NORAD Santa Tracker website and then watch as your kids excitedly track him as he flies around the world on his sleigh. Before he sets off on Christmas Eve. The website takes you to Santa’s Village where children can learn about his magic sleigh and Christmas traditions.