Feeling anxious about when Santa will make his visit to your house? Don’t worry because NORAD has us all covered once again this year as they track Santa during his journey around the globe.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its top-notch radar system are ready to tell you when Santa moves from country to country.
It’s a tough task, but NORAD says they are the “only organization that has the technology, the qualifications, and the people to do it.”
NORAD’s radar system is installed in more than 47 locations across Canada and Alaska. The agency’s satellites use infrared sensors to track the magic of Santa as he flys.
The radar system is on alert for his takeoff on Christmas eve. Once Santa has kicked off his journey from the North Pole, the organization begins using its satellites’ infrared detectors to spot Rudolph’s bright nose and magic flying dust to keep track of the big journey.
To make sure he has a smooth trip, NORAD’s jet fighters often escort Santa and his nine reindeer during his time over Canada and the United States.
Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and heads west, NORAD says. His first stops include the South Pacific, New Zealand, and Australia. From there, Santa flies up to Japan, through Asia, across Africa, Europe, Canada, the US, Mexico, and finally Central and South America.
For those wondering how Santa manages to visit so many countries in one night: “NORAD intelligence reports indicate that Santa does not experience time the way we do,” NORAD says on its website. “His trip seems to take 24 hours to us, but to Santa, it might last days, weeks, or even months.”
Click HERE to watch Santa as he makes his way around the world and to download the tracker on your smartphone.