The folks at NASA have a treat for us this Christmas!
Santa’s sleigh (known to us mummies and daddies as the International Space Station) is expected to be visible from the UK for a brief three minutes on December 24th!
The ISS orbits Earth at a height of around 250 miles, meaning the space station makes around 16 trips around Earth every single day. That sounds a little like Santa on Christmas Eve…
“The International Space Station is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up. Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster!”
When will we be able to spot it in the UK?
On Christmas Eve, the ISS will be visible for about three minutes from 06:06 GMT (that’s 6:06am). For your best chance of seeing it, look south-west in the sky. Most smartphones have access to a compass app if you’re really stuck!
It may look something like this – forward to 39 seconds in.
If you’re up early enough and manage to get a good snap, we’d love to see it. Email [email protected] for a chance to be featured!
Happy Christmas, everyone!
Love from Katie & Team BBY. Xx