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You’ll Be Able To See Santa’s Sleigh On Christmas Eve For Three Minutes

 

Maybe you’ve had enough of your new guest (or guests) in the shape of elves on shelves. Or you might be sick to the back teeth of uttering the word: “Remember who’s watching…”

But the end is near and on Christmas Eve you’ll be able to spot the big man himself on his sleigh as he begins the rounds.

You'll be able to see this... well as a little dot maybe. Credit: PA
You’ll be able to see this… well as a little dot maybe. Credit: PA

So, you won’t be able to actually see Santa himself along with his reindeer but you will be able to see a ‘sleigh’, which is in fact the International Space Station (ISS)… the very one that revolves around Earth 16 times a day.

It’s actually often visible if you know where to look, but this Christmas it’s perfect for convincing the kids it’s Santa on his way to do the rounds.

You will only be able to see the spectacle for a short window though, so you need to be quick. You’ll have three minutes to spot it at 6.06am on Tuesday 24 December and you’re looking for a flash of light.

You'll have to be quick to see Santa and his reindeer. Credit: New Line Cinema
You’ll have to be quick to see Santa and his reindeer. Credit: New Line Cinema

It’s early doors so you’ll need to tell the little ones he’s just starting his rounds in other parts of the world.

Nasa explains that you can ‘watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations’. Adding: “It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up.

“Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and travelling thousands of miles an hour faster!”

In reality you'll be looking at that (the ISS) but no one needs to know. Credit: PA
In reality you’ll be looking at that (the ISS) but no one needs to know. Credit: PA

For the best chance of spotting it, look south-west in the sky and remember you only have a three minute window – so you need to be up bright and early.

Plus, the sky needs to be clear, so if it’s a cloudy rainy day it’s probably not worth getting out of bed.

If you do miss it though, there’s a second chance for you and your family to spot it on Christmas Day – just explain he’s on his way back home home with a full belly and absolutely knackered.

To make sure you don’t miss it, you can download the ISS tracking app or head to NASA’s Spot The Station website here.


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