NORAD is again tracking a large, red-suited man riding a flying sleigh pulled by gravity-defying reindeer. For fifty years now, NORAD has tracked this apparition as he circumnavigates the world.
The US and Canadian military personnel has been keeping tabs on a strange object flying across the world tonight – Santa Claus. What’s more, they’ve been joined on the internet by millions of his believers thanks to Google.
They can follow Santa’s path online with a Google two-dimensional map or in 3D using Google Earth, where he can be seen flying through different landscapes in his sleigh.
But the tracking technology comes courtesy of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) which monitors air and space threats against the U.S. and Canada.
The NORADSanta website is here. My wife and I heard a report about this on NPR this afternoon. She, despite being of the same generation as me had never heard of this 50 year old tradition. She was charmed. Our thanks to the men and women away from their families tonight who help make this happen. And thanks to all those who have gone before them.