On Christmas night, there’s anticipation in the air as little (and not so little) ones up and down the country excitedly await the arrival of Father Christmas.
Cookies are laid out, alongside glasses of port and mince pies, as well as a carrot for his trusty reindeer. Then it’s a waiting game, as we all try to sleep and battle off intrusive thoughts like ‘has he come?’ until the morning.
Only this year, there’s an extra thing to get excited about.
NASA has revealed that early birds will be able to get a faint glimpse of Santa’s sleigh in the night sky as he passes over Manchester after completing his rounds on Christmas morning.
The world-renowned space agency has given us an exact time to look up at the stars to spot the main man himself and catch the glimmer of lights from his sleigh, and while typically, this tends to be tonight on Christmas Eve, NASA has said that this year, he’ll be moving too fast for the human eye to detect on 24 December.
Instead, scientists are telling us to keep our eyes peeled for him in the early hours on Christmas Day morning itself.
The lights from his sleigh will, coincidentally, appear at the same time as the International Space Station, which has become visible in the sky from 18 December, and will remain that way right through to 25 December.
It will be visible to the naked eye at the specific time of 5:16am on Saturday 25 December, so if you’ve got some early risers in your house, why not get together and see if you can spot Santa for yourself?
To be sure it’s him, and not a plane, make sure there are no flashing lights and it doesn’t change directions.
You can also track Santa on NORAD this evening here.
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