The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is tracking Santa Claus, the sleigh heavily-laden with packages, and nine large North American deer known as reindeer, the front one with a prominent bright red nose.

NORAD’s USAR Captain Ruth Castro says there is something about Rudolph most people don’t know.  “Rudolph’s nose gives off this infra-red signature that is similar to that of a missile launch, so our satellites are able to detect his bright red nose with no problem and that’s how we’re able to keep track of him and Santa on their trek around the world.”


Equally unknown to the average Christmas enthusiast is Santa’s unique ability to bend the space-time continuum, which could be of special interest to our many NASA and Rice Space Institute fans.  “He is so fast he travels at the speed of starlight,” Castro explains to KTRH News.  “We think he travels at a different time continuum.  So what is 24 hours to us could be longer or shorter for Santa.”

This wonderful holiday tradition began by accident in 1955.  A Colorado Sears store placed an advertisement in a local newspaper containing what was claimed to be Santa’s phone number.  It turned out to be the number for Colorado's Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center.  The on-duty officer was a kind-hearted officer named Colonel Harry Shoup who told his staff to play along and give inquiring children an update on Santa’s global position.

Today not only has NORAD assumed charge of tracking Santa with thousands of volunteers at the ready to answer phone calls; thousands more ready to answer emails, tweets and Facebook posts; Microsoft and Google have joined in to provide a very sophisticated web site with Google Analytics components.

You can visit the website at or call 1-877-446-6723 to speak with a live NORAD operator for an update on Santa’s exact position.