NORAD Santa Tracker 2012 official site: Where is Santa Claus right now?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 24, 2012 

UPDATE: Santa has completed his journey. He delivered 7,060,919,100 gifts this year, according to the NORAD Santa Tracker 2012. What did he bring you?

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While you're sipping hot cider today, Santa Claus is busy trying to meet a tight time frame. Luckily, you can follow the fat man's journey with the NORAD Santa Tracker 2012.

The website, available by clicking here, tracks Santa during his international travels.

It relies on radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets.

The site notes, "The moment that radar indicates Santa has lifted off, we use our second detection system. Satellites positioned in geo-synchronous orbit at 22,300 miles from the Earth’s surface are equipped with infrared sensors, which enable them to detect heat. Amazingly, Rudolph's bright red nose gives off an infrared signature, which allows our satellites to detect Rudolph and Santa."

If online tracking isn't good enough for you, call 1-877-HI-NORAD. A NORAD staff member will tell you Santa's exact location. Operators are available from now until 3 a.m. Dec. 25.

Back to the website: You'll also see how many gifts Santa has delivered. Before 7 a.m. today in Columbus, Ga., that number had already hit nine digits.

In addition to tracking Santa, the site doubles as a geography lesson, letting users view Wikipedia entries for Santa's destinations. Earlier this morning, he seemed to have an especially productive time in New Zealand.

At 4:45 p.m. Columbus time, he was in South Africa.

It will be quite some time before Santa makes it to the U.S., so you might want to perform a few good deeds if you're not sure about your status on the "nice" list. Also, this should go without saying, but travel likely still increases Santa's appetite. Don't skimp on the milk and cookies.

Check the project's Twitter page for additional updates.

Happy holidays!

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