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You Can Follow Santa's Journey With A GPS Tracking App This Christmas

You Can Follow Santa's Journey With A GPS Tracking App This Christmas

It's Christmas Eve, which means St. Nick has pulled out the sleigh and he's currently making his way around the globe to deliver presents to all the well behaved boys and girls amongst us.

Having jetted off from the North Pole at 9.30am this morning, he certainly has a lot of homes to visit before Christmas Day, in a journey that is expected to take 25 hours.

His journey next saw him travel down from Lapland towards the Pacific, before making his way to Apia in Samoa to give some of the first lucky children their Christmas presents.

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It's already Christmas on the small island as they've a full 14 hours ahead of the UK - meaning Santa had to move quickly to give them their goods before the clock struck 10am GMT.

Check if Santa is on his way (Credit: Buena Vista Pictures)
Check if Santa is on his way (Credit: Buena Vista Pictures)

Later in the day, Santa and his reindeer will fly west, making pit stops in New Zealand and Australia before heading up to Asia.

Then he'll be on his way to us as he travels through the night, meaning we'll get our gifts in time for tomorrow morning.

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It sounds like a busy old day for Santa, doesn't it. But fear not, because you can now keep track of his every move to make sure he'll get to yours on time.

The official Santa tracking system is brought to us by NORAD - or North American Aerospace Defence Command - which is the organisation responsible for defending US airspace.

The tracker follows Santa in real-time (Credit: NORAD Santa Tracker)
The tracker follows Santa in real-time (Credit: NORAD Santa Tracker)

Alongside their very important day job, workers at NORAD have followed the Big Guy for over 60 years and figured out the perfect formula to pin-point his whereabouts.

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NORAD's tracker relies on resources from corporate contributors and volunteers who use satellites and infrared radar systems.

Santa is shown making his way across the globe (Credit: NORAD)
Santa is shown making his way across the globe (Credit: NORAD)

However, the organisation runs a call centre throughout the Christmas period and encourages people to ring in with any information they have, just in case Santa whizzes past you in the sky.

After introducing the phone in system in 1955, they now regularly get calls from excited children who think they might have spotted him, and it has become somewhat of a tradition for many.

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However, it has now become so advanced that they've got an official GPS location of Santa that you can follow, too. So savvy.

The Santa tracker is available online as well as the Apple, Android and Windows app stores, so you can download it on your phone and check on your bearded friend throughout the day and night.

But the phone centre also expects over 70,000 children from 200 countries to ring the hotline for a personal update where their prezzies are.

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Hopefully they've been good and don't end up with coal!

Featured Image Credit: Flickr

Topics: Christmas

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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