Spot Father Christmas this Christmas Day on his way home (it's the International Space Station but we won't tell them that).
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Spot Father Christmas this Christmas Day on his way home (it's the International Space Station but we won't tell them that).

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Expires on 21/01/2020Found 12th Dec 2018Edited by:"PAULTRD"
The international Space Station (ISS) will be passing by on Christmas day in the morning at around 6:30am, so why not take your children out to see if they can spot Santa on his way home this Christmas morning.

Simply put your location in on the link provided and it will show you the time it passes your location.. I just hope its a clear morning..
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Thx, I enjoy this more than the kids..
Why is Santa on the International Space Station? Is his sleigh busted or something?
6:30 AM?? The kids will have been up for hours......
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Thx, I enjoy this more than the kids..
Thank you... Not sure mine will be up at that time but what a lovely idea if they are
Why is Santa on the International Space Station? Is his sleigh busted or something?
Nice find
This was great the other year on Christmas Eve and was very easy to spot. Takes a few mins to travel across the sky too
Sorry for being too slow but can my kids see this even in Nottingham because it says location is somewhere else? Gave this a heat anyway as it is free and fun for the family.
TripletMum1234 m ago

Sorry for being too slow but can my kids see this even in Nottingham …Sorry for being too slow but can my kids see this even in Nottingham because it says location is somewhere else? Gave this a heat anyway as it is free and fun for the family.


Yes you can
Will you need binoculars or telescope, i used to have an app that notified you when the space station was passing overhead. Which i believe was daily. I may be wrong, anyway i could never see it once.
This was brilliant a couple of years ago on Christmas Eve

This year at around 22degrees above the horizon it will be quite low in the sky, which will either make it look great (skimming above roof tops) or not visible for many in built up areas.
Edited by: "ZinUK" 12th Dec 2018
Always someone working on Xmas day.
apaa121420 m ago

Will you need binoculars or telescope, i used to have an app that notified …Will you need binoculars or telescope, i used to have an app that notified you when the space station was passing overhead. Which i believe was daily. I may be wrong, anyway i could never see it once.


It’s as bright as a star moves quickly. Can easily be seen with the naked eye but has to be a clear day and you have to be looking in the right direction
6:30 AM?? The kids will have been up for hours......
PAULTRD1 h, 6 m ago

Yes you can



Thank you for clarifying it, they would be so excited about this.
Thanks great for the kids x
I've looked for this a few Xmas eve n see nothing, would love to know what it even looks like
I don't have kids, but my much younger sisters have always been much more excited by the fact it's the international space station... something *real* and built by people and in space. That, my friends, is how you encourage future scientists *I voted hot for anyone who wants to moan*
It's going to be low on the horizon and so faint that it'll be barely visible I'm afraid.

meteorwatch.org/santa-iss-passes/
Edited by: "scdave" 12th Dec 2018
scdave58 m ago

It's going to be low on the horizon and so faint that it'll be barely …It's going to be low on the horizon and so faint that it'll be barely visible I'm afraid. meteorwatch.org/santa-iss-passes/


When it appears but as it's visable for 3 mins (London)and disappears around 22° above SSE there should be ample chance to see it. Weather permitting...
Edited by: "PAULTRD" 12th Dec 2018
I don't have kids but this is a lovely idea. Heat added OP
We watched it one Christmas Eve with the kids, it was magical :-)

Would be great to see again but I am praying mine won’t be up at 6am!!! 🙈
PAULTRD12th Dec 2018

When it appears but as it's visable for 3 mins (London)and disappears …When it appears but as it's visable for 3 mins (London)and disappears around 22° above SSE there should be ample chance to see it. Weather permitting...


Come on now, it's not considered a "bright" pass, it's going to be so faint it'll barely be visible without binoculars or a telescope. You're also stuffed the further North you are.

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glasgowgirl3 m ago

We watched it one Christmas Eve with the kids, it was magical :-) Would be …We watched it one Christmas Eve with the kids, it was magical :-) Would be great to see again but I am praying mine won’t be up at 6am!!! 🙈


Mine will be up by 5am no question haha. I'll have my first bucks fizz by 7am
scdave4 m ago

Come on now, it's not considered a "bright" pass, it's going to be so …Come on now, it's not considered a "bright" pass, it's going to be so faint it'll barely be visible without binoculars or a telescope. You're also stuffed the further North you are. [Image]


You need to move to an area with less light pollution
PAULTRD6 m ago

You need to move to an area with less light pollution


What, like your example location of London? I regularly photograph the ISS, from areas with very little light pollution, I'm not just saying this stuff for the sake of an argument!
Thanks for the Flamedeer
scdave8 m ago

What, like your example location of London? I regularly photograph …What, like your example location of London? I regularly photograph the ISS, from areas with very little light pollution, I'm not just saying this stuff for the sake of an argument!


Did I Say Westminster? Ever been to Richmond? Obviously not
PAULTRD12th Dec 2018

Did I Say Westminster? Ever been to Richmond? Obviously not


No but a quick check of the Dark Sky Map shows it has some of the the worst possible skies to view stars/satellite's. You don't have to be underneath streetlights to be underneath light pollution.

Please, go on. You've no idea what you're talking about.

Going to be lots of disappointed folks on Christmas morning, hope you're happy.

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Edited by: "scdave" 12th Dec 2018
scdave3 m ago

No but a quick check of the Dark Sky Map shows it has some of the the …No but a quick check of the Dark Sky Map shows it has some of the the worst possible skies to view stars/satellite's. You don't have to be underneath streetlights to be underneath light pollution.Please, go on. You've no idea what you're talking about.Going to be lots of disappointed folks on Christmas morning, hope you're happy.[Image] [Image]


Coming from Billy no deals
PAULTRD5 m ago

Coming from Billy no deals


Oh, way to cut to my very core, good one, you've just been schooled for having no idea what you're talking about so you resort to name calling.

No deal is better than a bum deal, which is what this is.
scdave7 m ago

Oh, way to cut to my very core, good one, you've just been schooled for …Oh, way to cut to my very core, good one, you've just been schooled for having no idea what you're talking about so you resort to name calling.No deal is better than a bum deal, which is what this is.


I've got the 3rd hottest deal of all time (no not this one). Chillax and stop hating. Embrace the deal... be one with the deal... post a deal
PAULTRD3 m ago

I've got the 3rd hottest deal of all time (no not this one). Chillax and …I've got the 3rd hottest deal of all time (no not this one). Chillax and stop hating. Embrace the deal... be one with the deal... post a deal


Cool story (should I be impressed?).. that doesn't take away from the fact you're potentially having folk up and out looking for something that they're very unlikely to see on Christmas morning, of all mornings. Why should I embrace that?
heat added.
scdave5 m ago

Cool story (should I be impressed?).. that doesn't take away from the fact …Cool story (should I be impressed?).. that doesn't take away from the fact you're potentially having folk up and out looking for something that they're very unlikely to see on Christmas morning, of all mornings. Why should I embrace that?


Welcome to my block list.. nobody got time for idiots
PAULTRD3 m ago

Welcome to my block list.. nobody got time for idiots


Well folks, there you have it.
Have a look and do your own research on this one, you'll see who has the facts and who is talking absolute nonsense. Night Paul.
Merry Christmas guys?!
It’s worth a look , and if we can’t see it we will just tell the kids he’s stopped off for some breakfast (long night for Santa)
Thanks for posting I love looking out for the ISS -pretty cool
Merry Xmas
Tue Dec 25, 6:39 AM - the kids might be up, but I'll be having a lie in thanks anyway!
We watched it a few years ago on Christmas Eve like others have said and the kids were convinced they could see all the presents on the back of the sleigh great fun for the kids and for us non believers quite cool to actually see the space station with the naked eye.
I really hope I'm still fast asleep at 6:30 on Christmas morning...
apaa121412th Dec

Will you need binoculars or telescope, i used to have an app that notified …Will you need binoculars or telescope, i used to have an app that notified you when the space station was passing overhead. Which i believe was daily. I may be wrong, anyway i could never see it once.


You’re right, it passes multiple times per day. The app I use is Sky Guide and it notifies you every time it’s over head
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