NORAD Santa Tracker: Watch Santa Claus and his flying reindeer's journey around the globe
NORAD, which normally tracks traditional aircraft, is providing real-time satellite updates of Kris Kringle as he and his team of nine flying reindeer deliver presents to children from Australia to Kazakhstan.
In addition to the live tracker app (see below), the surveillance agency is also offering real-time updates of Father Christmas's flyovers via its Twitter account and Santa Cams.
According to the Santa Tracker website, NORAD uses the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to find Santa's current position.
"Only Santa knows his route, which means we cannot predict where and when he will arrive at your house," they explain. "We do, however, know from history that it appears he arrives only when children are asleep! In most countries, it seems Santa arrives between 9:00 p.m. and midnight on December 24th. If children are still awake when Santa arrives, he moves on to other houses. He returns later ... but only when the children are asleep!"
How does Santa manage to visit so many children in such a short time?
"NORAD intelligence reports indicate that Santa does not experience time the way we do," they explain. "His trip seems to take 24 hours to us, but to Santa it might last days, weeks or even months. Santa would not want to rush the important job of delivering presents to children and spreading joy to everyone, so the only logical conclusion is that Santa somehow functions within his own time-space continuum."
And to those bah-humbug cynics who insist Santa is make-believe, NORAD says,
"Mountains of historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information leads us to believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of people throughout the world."
The proof is in his flight path!