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Archive for December 23rd, 2006

Keeping An Eye on Santa Claus

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The Patriot Act? bah!

According to some cranks those cunning “imperialistic yankees” are keeping an eye on everyone, including Santa.

NORAD have been tasked with tracking Santa Claus:

“NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft.

Detecting Santa all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we use our second mode of detection, the same satellites that we use in providing warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America. These satellites are located in a geo-synchronous orbit (that’s a cool phrase meaning that the satellite is always fixed over the same spot on the Earth) at 22,300 miles above the Earth. The satellites have infrared sensors, meaning they can detect heat. When a rocket or missile is launched, a tremendous amount of heat is produced – enough for the satellites to detect. Rudolph’s nose gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch. The satellites can detect Rudolph’s bright red nose with practically no problem. With so many years of experience, NORAD has become good at tracking aircraft entering North America, detecting worldwide missile launches and tracking the progress of Santa, thanks to Rudolph. “

Keep an eye on him here

Enjoy, but don’t believe everything that those cranks say!

Written by modernityblog

23/12/2006 at 19:15

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