Children in the UK will be able to see ‘Santa’s sleigh’ in the sky this Christmas Eve – now you are thinking, how on earth is this going to happen?
On Christmas Eve there will be strange object in the sky and it could very well be thought to be Santa’s sleigh. It’s been confirmed by NASA that the International Space Station will be passing over the UK on Christmas Eve, this means that if you look very hard into the starry night you may see something that could be identified as our favourite Christmas person, 6 reindeers and a load of presents flying through the sky.
Not only is the International Space Station the largest man made object in our skies, it weighs about the same as 320 cars and 357ft in length. Because it reflects light it looks like a giant star (or even reindeer pulling a sleigh) as it travels over the UK and on Christmas Eve will be over our skies between 4.42pm in the west to the south east at 4.50pm so it will just be dark.
It was reported on Twitter: “When the ISS passes over it will appear as an incredibly bright star like object or plane without flashing lights moving across the sky, it can be at times the brightest object in the night sky second to the Moon”.
Since the launch of the first module in 1998, 211 astronauts from 15 countries have visited the ISS and over 69 countries have contributed to the development and running of the space station.
Over the years, the ISS has provided us with some of the most beautiful views of Earth.
So if you are planning to be away for Christmas in one of our holiday cottages in the UK, make sure you have arrived and are all settled in by the afternoon of Christmas Eve so that you could see Father Christmas crossing the skies!
If you like the idea of spending Christmas in one of our self catering cottages – have a look at our Christmas cottages and our late availability cottages. We have fabulous seaside cottages or countryside cottages dotted all over the UK, just give us a call on 01227 464958 or email us by clicking here – we’re here 7 days a week and we’d love to help!
We still have a few Chistmas cottages, just have a look – click here!