Talk about your Ho! Ho! Homing Devices.
Santa is on his way, kids – and you can track his every move thanks to the latest technology.
Google’s Santa Tracker shows Santa’s location, next stop, arrival times as well as the total number of gifts delivered in real time (nearly 1 billion when this was written!), while NORAD’s Santa Tracker shows a 3-D image of Santa and his reindeer-driven sled flying high over the earth, with an update on where he was last seen as well as total gifts delivered (the flying reindeer are downright adorable).
Moreover, kids of all ages – whether in years or spirit – can call into NORAD’s tracking center at 877-HI-NORAD and talk to an operator about Santa’s progress.
“Where’s Santa now?” PEOPLE asked excitedly when we called.
“Right now, Santa is in Nagasaki, Japan,” Captain Natasha De Lange said. “Not long before he’ll fly over the Great Wall of China.”
“What time will he get to the U.S.?” we wondered.
“Santa only comes when children are asleep,” she said sweetly. “So listen to your parents and go to sleep when you’re told and be good, too. Always!”
And if you ever wanted to know how Santa is able to deliver all those presents to children all over the world, it turns out his sleigh is state-of-the-art (and a bit magical, too).
“We really don’t want to compare Santa’s sleigh to a C-130 [(transport aircraft)], but what we can confirm is that Santa’s sleigh is a versatile, all weather, multi-purpose, vertical short take-off and landing vehicle,” a NORAD spokesperson told Business Insider.
“It is capable of traveling vast distances without refueling and is deployed, as far as we know, only on Dec. 24 (and sometimes briefly for a test flight about a month before Christmas).”
NORAD also provided other technical details about Santa’s sleigh, including that its max speed is “faster than starlight” (thanks to Rudolph, no doubt), it was designed and built by K. Kringle & Elves, Inc., its length is approximately 75 cc (candy canes, that is) and 150 lp (for lollipops), weight at takeoff is 75,000 gd (gumdrops), propulsion 9 (reindeer), fueled by hay, oats and carrots, with a climbing speed of One “T” (twinkle of an eye).
Happy tracking and to all, a good night!