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The truth about Santa Clause

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p2pnet.net News:- Christmas is THE holiday event of the year for hundreds of millions of kids (and their parents ;) around the world.

It's the time when Santa Clause, or St Nicholas, der Weihnachtsmann, Father Christmas, Gwiazdor, Pere Noel, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas, Jultomten, Sing dan lo ian, Aghios Vassilis, and a host of other names, depending in where in the world you happen to be, travels the world delivering gifts.

Some Bah Humbug skeptics claim he doesn't even exist! But if that were true, would NORAD go to all the trouble of tracking him like it's been doing for more than half a century?

Nahhh. In fact as we posted this (12:20 pm Pacific) NORAD was estimating Santa would be leaving the North Pole in 15 hours, 39 minutes and 36 seconds.

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The pic on the right shows NORAD (short for North American Aerospace Defense Command ) techs tracking Santa in 1960.

And for anyone who's still not convinced, here's how they do it:

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Detecting Santa all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we use our second mode of detection, the same satellites that we use in providing warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America. These satellites are located in a geo-synchronous orbit (that's a cool phrase meaning that the satellite is always fixed over the same spot on the Earth) at 22,300 miles above the Earth. The satellites have infrared sensors, meaning they can detect heat. When a rocket or missile is launched, a tremendous amount of heat is produced - enough for the satellites to detect. Rudolph's nose gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch. The satellites can detect Rudolph's bright red nose with practically no problem. With so many years of experience, NORAD has become good at tracking aircraft entering North America, detecting worldwide missile launches and tracking the progress of Santa, thanks to Rudolph.

The third detection system we use is the Santa Cam. We began using it in 1998 - the year we put our Santa Tracking program on the Internet. NORAD Santa Cams are ultra-cool high-tech high-speed digital cameras that are pre-positioned at many places around the world. NORAD only uses these cameras once a year - Christmas Eve. The cameras capture images of Santa and the Reindeer as they make their journey around the world. We immediately download the images on to our web site for people around the world to see. Santa Cams produce both video and still images.

The fourth detection system we use is the NORAD jet fighter. Canadian NORAD fighter pilots, flying the CF-18, take off out of Newfoundland to intercept and welcome Santa to North America. Then at numerous locations in Canada other CF-18 fighter pilots escort Santa. While in the United States, American NORAD fighter pilots in either the F-15 or F-16 get the thrill of flying with Santa and the famous Reindeer Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph. About a dozen NORAD fighters in Canada and the United States are equipped with Santa Cams.

So how long has he been doing what he does? Since 1689 at the least. That's when Spanish-German explorer Santa Claus discovered the North Pole and established a small base camp, states the Santa Claus Timeline.

So what about the physics involved? How can Santa do it all, and how come he doesn't burn up while he's circling the globe?

A Phsyorg post quoting Norwegian Net magazine forskning.no dates back to 2004, but it's still relevant.

Among other things, "Santa Claus doesn’t travel in our four dimensions (remember that time is the fourth dimension), but makes use of some 11 dimensions," explains astrophysicist Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard in the story. "These dimensions make it quite easy to pick up gifts from his warehouse at the North Pole," emphasises Oedegaard.

But it goes further, even, than that.

Nils Lid Hjort and Gaute Einevoll believe recent string-theory allows for the use of at least 26 dimensions: "The more dimensions, the easier to deliver gifts ......"

So what about flying reindeer, especially since they don't have wings? No worries, says Einevoll, because, "Santa Claus of course uses vacuum energy. The sleigh and reindeer use repulsive energy to compensate for the force of gravity and therefore can fly."

Of course.

And what about the theory that Santa is just Dad in fancy dress?

"There are quite a few flippant and speculative assertions about Santa Claus," says forskning.no. "The most ridiculous of these is that Santa Claus is just papa who has dressed up in the garage." It adds:

"This is the worst I have heard," says Nils Lid Hjort. He is a professor and knows what he’s talking about.

Although Hjort admits that a visit from Santa Claus often happens while pappa is out shovelling snow, there are many examples in which both Santa and pappa are in the same place at the same time, which weakens the argument that there is some connection between the two.

"I want to comment on the alternative situations: Of course you can find many trivial and sometimes fake Santas out there. But that doesn’t mean that you won't find some real Santas," says Einevoll, who adds:

"If I lived alone at the North Pole and were to visit children and their mothers, I would want to do it when their father was out, he says, and suggests that this is the source for the socially realistic popular song 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus'."

All together the panel agrees without doubt that Santa Claus not only makes use of advanced physics, but he is also a brilliant organiser.

"Santa lives at the North Pole and there isn't so much happening aside from the occasional polar explorer. So he can use the whole year for self improvement," points out Gaute Einevoll.

Therefore, all children of all ages can relax: The laws of physics assure us that Christmas will come this year as usual!"

(Saturday 23rd December 2006)

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