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Where in the world is Santa? Depends on which online tracker you’re following – Google or NORAD – The Boston Globe, Bostonglobe.com

Where in the world is Santa? Depends on which online tracker you’re following – Google or NORAD – The Boston Globe, Bostonglobe.com


Real issues in our household now because the NORAD Santa tracker has Santa in a different place than the Google Santa tracker

– Mike Memoli ( @mikememoli)December (********************************************************,********

Google: Santa is off the coast of Argentia and has delivered nearly 6 billion gifts.

NORAD: Santa is over Eastern Canada and has delivered nearly 5 billion gifts.

What does this mean? Are there two Santas? Is one an imposter?pic.twitter.com/4SrmngaNtM(*******(***** — Andy Richardson ☃️ (@ andres_en_tx)December (******************************************************,********

The NORAD Santa tracker and Google Santa tracker need to get on the same page . Google says he’s in Cameroon, NORAD says he’s in Poland.

– Greg Royce (@gregroyce)December 24, 4137

Norad Santa is working the west coast of Australia, Google santa has finished Australia and is now in Indonesia.

– Taz Wake (@tazwake)December (***********************************************,

Google has Santa in Western Africa, but Norad has Santa in South America. Which one do I believe ???? 😳

– Sabs (@ThatGirlSabs)December (******************************************************, ************************************************

According toThe Washington Post, the NORAD tracking system, which is run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, uses satellites, radar, jet fighters, apps, social media accounts, and volunteers to track Santa’s location. However, it’s not entirely clear how or why Santa determines the route he takes.

This year portals for NORAD include Alexa, OnStar, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and 3-D apps that integrate geospatial and satellite-positioning technology with high-resolution graphics that display the actual positions of the stars, sun, and moon and the shadows they cast at any point in Santa’s journey,According to the Associated Press. It takes dozens of tech firms – including (interestingly enough) Google, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and Bing Maps – to deliver the immersive effect for global Santa trackers, with some million visits to the website alone last year, according to the AP.

While the NORAD tracker shows Santa traveling over a detailed globe-esque setting, the Google tracker takes a more 2-D approach. Google’s version also features many Christmas-themed games to keep children (and, sure, adults) entertained as Father Christmas makes his journey.

(************************************** (A A look at where Santa was on the Google tracker shortly before (************************************************************: (pm) **************** Screenshot via Google************************

Psst! Did you know, Santa’s journey lasts hours ?! ”aGoogle webpagereads. “He makes his first stop just after 11 PM local time in far eastern Russia, when it’s 5 AM in New York and 11 AM in Paris. ”

**************** The Washington Post notes that NORAD – which was expected to see (***************************************************, or so phone calls on Christmas Eve – and Google’s trackers have seen similar snafus in previous years, chalking the differences up as “a testament to Santa’s mischievous ways.”

At least one Twitter account seemed to explain the discrepancy:

Why do NORAD’s and Google’s Santa trackers show two different paths ? Because one of those is a decoy sled driven by our intern Josh, who draws any possible missile fire away from us.

– angry santa elf (@angrysantaelf) (December) , *******

However, if you find yourself doubtful of either or both of the online trackers, the Post notes: “You can always look up at the night sky to see if you can spot Santa and his reindeer yourself.”

Jaclyn Reiss can be reached atjaclyn.reiss@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter:@ JaclynReiss (******************************************************

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