As in previous years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is about to begin tracking Santa’s global tour on December 24,media reported. To help children understand Santa’s whereabouts, NORAD used satellite images from Microsoft’s Bing Map to create a 3D tracker. IF THE USER DEVICE DOES NOT SUPPORT 3D MAPS, NORAD ALSO PROVIDES A 2D MAP EXPERIENCE.
The tracker will display Santa’s current location on the map as a pin. Interested children can also learn more about where Santa claus is visiting by clicking on an icon that displays Wikipedia articles and Santa videos.
General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command, said, “In addition to our daily mission to defend North America, we are proud to have inherited the tradition of tracking Santa’s flight path.” Radars, satellites and interceptors used on December 24th are used throughout the year to protect Canadian and U.S. airspace from threats. “