Getting Ready for Santa

If you haven’t been there yet, check out the Norad site, which uses satelite to capture pictures of Santa as he travels on Christmas Eve. You can check him each hour, (don’t forget to hit the refresh button) and see him as he travels to China, Russia, England, New York and makes it back to the North Pole. When we see that Santa is crossing the Atlantic, the boys in my house and ready to jump in bed so they can be sure to be asleep before he arrives. How do they do it? This is directly from the Norad site:
“NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft. Detecting Santa all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we use our second mode of detection, the same satellites that we use in providing warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America. The satellites have infrared sensors, meaning they can detect heat. Rudolph’s nose gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch. The satellites can detect Rudolph’s bright red nose with practically no problem.”

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