Google and NORAD Team Up to Track Santa's Sleigh
CREDIT: Google Inc
With Christmas right around the corner, Google has announced a number of ways for people to track Santa Claus as he makes his magical, mythical gift-giving spree all over the world tomorrow.
The online headquarters for tracking jolly old Saint Nick is at www.noradsanta.org, run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). This joint United States and Canadian military outfit, based at Cheyenne Mountain, Colo., sheds a bit of its Cold War-era gruffness come holiday time in supposedly using sophisticated satellite and radar to follow Santa's sleigh on its annual global mission.
These travels will appear overlaid on a Google Map complete with icons for learning more about cities along the route, according to an official Google blog out today. [Read: Google Voice Lets Santa Call Your Friends ]
A Google Earth plug-in allows users to watch an animated Santa and his reindeer going about their globe-trotting work.
Cell phone owners can keep track by searching for "Santa" on Google Maps for mobile, or by visiting m.noradsanta.org on their handset's Web browser.
There's also a YouTube channel – noradtracksanta – and a Twitter feed, @noradsanta.
According to Google's and NORAD's sources, Santa will begin his trip at 2:00 AM EST tomorrow, Dec. 24. Here's hoping the red-suited man of the season finds his way to your house.