NORAD Santa tracker 2010, less than a day to go, when will Santa start?
Santa Claus first makes his rounds around 8 p.m. local time in the South Pacific islands, first at Caroline Island, an island that belongs to the Republic of Kiribati and he will then move on to New Zealand and Australia. You can watch the countdown to Santa Claus online live. But keep in mind, that he won’t start until after bedtime in the South Pacific. That will be 1 a.m. eastern time on Christmas Eve morning or 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, December 23 if you live on the west coast.
Where is Santa now?
If it’s still before 1 a.m. EST on Christmas Eve morning, he is either still in the North Pole or enroute to the South Pacific. If it’s after 1 a.m. Eastern time, you will have to log into Norad Santa tracker to find out his exact location. (see link below.) The first major city he will visit will be Auckland, New Zealand. The next major cities will be Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia.
The countdown passed the 24 hour mark here on the west coast late on Wednesday night, December 22. NORAD supplied the file photo on the left from Santa’s visit last year to New Zealand. The photo shows him over Auckland, New Zealand. Click on the slideshow on the left to view other pictures of Santa. The first photo shows him last year flying over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
An Army of volunteers will soon gather at NORAD’s command center in Colorado. The tradition of NORA tracking Santa goes back over 50 years.
When the tradition began in 1955, NORAD was called the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD).
It began when a Sears advertisement misprinted a Santa hotline telephone number. Children got CONAD instead of Santa. A commander, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff spring into service to figure out where Santa was so they could pass along the information to the kids.
Since 1958, the US and Canada combined defense forces to form an agency called the North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which took over the Santa tracking job.
Volunteers also staff the center, as you can see in the video below, to respond to phone calls and e-mails from kids. But if you really want to know what’s going on with Santa, all you need is a computer. Thanks to the Internet now, you can track him yourself online through NORAD’s site.
To watch Santa live on NORAD’s official site in English click here. It is in seven languages, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. To view NORAD’s main menu with a choice of those other languages, click here.
You can also enter your cell phone number on the site to track Santa on your mobile phone. Click here for information on how you can download a free app to track Santa.
NORAD uses Google Earth to help track Santa. For tips on how to use the tracker, click here
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- Santa was on radio today, free NORAD app to track Santa online available now
- Track Santa online, NORAD 2009 Santa Claus tracker (link and live NORAD video interview here)