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NORAD Tracking Santa on Radar
NORAD website ^ | Christmas Eve | NORAD

Posted on 12/24/2003 8:11:23 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day

NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa - radar, satellites, SantaCams and jet fighter aircraft.

It all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across Canada's North and Alaska. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we begin to use the same satellites that we use in providing warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America. These satellites are located in a geo-synchronous orbit (that's a cool phrase meaning that the satellite is always fixed over the same spot on the Earth) at 22,300 miles above the Earth. The satellites have infrared sensors, meaning they can see heat. When a rocket or missile is launched, a tremendous amount of heat is produced - enough for the satellites to see them. 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. With so many years of experience, NORAD has become good at tracking aircraft entering North America, detecting worldwide missile launches and tracking the progress of Santa, thanks to Rudolph. It is important to note, however, that our scientists have tried to determine the chemical process that occurs that creates the heat that is generated by Rudolph's nose but they have not been able to thus far.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: christmas; christmaseve; fun; norad; santa; santaclaus
This is a fun thing to do with the kids.

My daughter and I track Santa's progress accross the world as he gets closer and closer to the United States.

Click on the norad link and enjoy.

1 posted on 12/24/2003 8:11:23 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day
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To: MNLDS
Thanks for posting this... Fun site for kids (and "grown-up kids")!
2 posted on 12/24/2003 9:44:09 AM PST by nutmeg (Land of the Free Thanks to the Brave)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; Black Agnes; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

3 posted on 12/24/2003 9:45:11 AM PST by nutmeg (Land of the Free Thanks to the Brave)
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To: MNLDS
my kids love it
4 posted on 12/24/2003 10:04:28 AM PST by herewego
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To: nutmeg; MNLDS
Thank you! Happy Holidays!
5 posted on 12/24/2003 10:19:29 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: MNLDS
Right now, Santa is over Nepal. He's already been to New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China.
6 posted on 12/24/2003 10:23:00 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only... (James 1:22))
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To: MNLDS
Now he is in India
7 posted on 12/24/2003 10:48:03 AM PST by trussell (Prayer WILL work!!)
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To: MNLDS
I hope hes squaking the right info as a freidly or he will be shot down before he gets in us airspace
8 posted on 12/24/2003 1:05:02 PM PST by al baby (Ice cream does not have bones)
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To: MNLDS
Make sure you click on the video of Santa over the Persian Gulf. He did a little drag racing with a fighter jet coming off one of our carriers. You'll have to see who wins.
9 posted on 12/24/2003 1:56:10 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only... (James 1:22))
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To: al baby
I have a buddy with the FAA. They're tracking Santa carefully, and know his flight signature. He's safe.
10 posted on 12/24/2003 1:57:07 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only... (James 1:22))
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To: nutmeg

TO ALL MY FELLOW FREEPERS

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! HAPPY HANUKAH OR WHATEVER YOU CELEBRATE.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT MY 10TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PAGE

HERE


11 posted on 12/25/2003 9:02:39 AM PST by Cacique
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