Santa Claus can be tracked using this simple tool - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Santa Claus can be tracked using this simple tool

Photo source: Norad.org Photo source: Norad.org

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – What if we told you it was possible to track Santa's annual, fast-approaching yuletide trek so closely that you can see when he's nearby? "Impossible", you'd say. Nay, nothing is impossible at Christmastime.

For more than 50 years, NORAD has been tracking Santa's voyage around the world that begins on Christmas Eve, and continues through the wee hours of Christmas morning.

"How could they possibly track Santa Claus?" you may ask. NORAD uses a radar system to track the mysterious, elusive Man in Red. In fact, they monitor so closely that they're able to decipher indications that let them know when Santa Claus departs from the North Pole.

They even use SantaCams. These are ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras pre-positioned at many spots around the world. The cams are only used once a year, on December 24. The SantaCams are turned on about an hour before Santa enters a country, then switched off when images of him and the reindeer are captured. The images are immediately downloaded to the NORAD website for people around the world to see. The SantaCams produce video and still images.

NORAD can't tell you when Santa will arrive at your house, because only he knows his route. They say it seems that Santa arrives between 9 p.m. and midnight on December 24. If children are still awake when he arrives, he moves on to other houses. But don't worry, he returns later when the children are asleep.

You can read more about NORAD and their methods to track Santa here: http://www.noradsanta.org/. And don't forget to check on Christmas Eve to find out when he's on the move!

Copyright 2013 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Jury begins deliberating in Bill Cosby's sex-assault case

    Jury begins deliberating in Bill Cosby's sex-assault case

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:26:54 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 4:18 PM EDT2018-04-25 20:18:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    More >>

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    More >>
  • 'Golden State Killer' suspect arrested, is former police officer

    'Golden State Killer' suspect arrested, is former police officer

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:57 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:57:26 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 4:07 PM EDT2018-04-25 20:07:08 GMT

    The 72-year-old suspect has been identified as a former police officer and "nice guy."

    More >>

    The 72-year-old suspect has been identified as a former police officer and "nice guy."

    More >>
  • Macron urges US to reject isolationism

    Macron urges US to reject isolationism

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:30 AM EDT2018-04-25 15:30:41 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 4:12 PM EDT2018-04-25 20:12:04 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is introduced before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is introduced before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the "special bond" between the United States and France during his speech in front of a joint meeting of Congress.More >>
    French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the "special bond" between the United States and France during his speech in front of a joint meeting of Congress.More >>
Powered by Frankly