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Will We Watch Santa Fly through the sky this Christmas Eve in the UK 2023?

Santa Christmas Eve flying uk
16 Dec 2023

Discover if NASA has revealed if Santa’s sleigh aka the International Space Station should be visible this Christmas Eve

What could be more magical for children this Christmas Eve than watching Santa and his sleigh fly through the sky on Christmas Eve. 

Did you know that the International Space Centre might make this possible for 2023 best of all it is free. 

Will the International Space Station Fly Over the UK on Christmas Eve in 2023? 

Will santa fly over uk christmas eve international space station

In previous years the International Space Centre has been visible in the skies over the UK on Christmas Eve.

This tiny glint flying overhead is great for spotting Santa flying in the sky – and who is to say that it actually isn’t? 

NASA has now revealed that we will be able to spot the International Space Station on Christmas Eve over the UK for 2023. 

The International Space Station will be visible on Christmas Eve in the UK at the following times: 

  • Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 2023 at 5.09 am where it will be visible for 2 minutes East South East to the East
  • Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 2023 at 6.42 am where it will be visible for 5 minutes West South West to the East

You will also be able to see Santa returning to the North Pole on Christmas Day Morning at the following times: 

  • Christmas Day Monday 25th December 2023 at 5.57 am where it will be visible for 3 minutes South to the East
  • Christmas Eve Monday 25th December 2023 at 7.30 am where it will be visible for 7 minutes West to East South East

You will also be able to see the ISS or Santa practising in the run-up to Christmas – see times and dates below. 

NASA has also provided advice on what to look for in the skies – see below. 

When can you see Santa Practicing in the skies for December 2023? 

Santa International Space station flying Christmas

If you are up early kids will love to spot Santa practising ready for Christmas Eve at the following times and dates: 

  • Saturday 16th December 2023at 6.30 AM where he will be visible for 1 min moving from South South East to South East
  • Sunday 17th December 2023 at 7.30 AM where he will be visible for 6 min moving from South South West to the East
  • Monday 18th December 2023 6.42 AM where it will be visible for 5 minutes South South West to the East
  • Tuesday 19th December 2023 5.53 AM where it will be visible for 4 minutes South to the East South East
  • Tuesday 19th December 2023 7.38 AM where it will be visible for 6 minutes South West to the East 
  • Wednesday 20th December 2023 5:36 AM where it will be visible for 6 minutes South West to the East 
  • Thursday 21st December 2023 6.23 AM where it will be visible for 4 minutes moving from the South to the East 
  • Thursday 21st December 2023 7.27 AM where it will be visible for 7 minutes moving from the West South West to the East 

Do you need a telescope to see the ISS aka Santa Flying in the Sky? 

No, you will not need a telescope to spot the International Space Station moving through space.

NASA has explained that the International Space Station  “is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up”.

What Does the International Space Centre Look Like? 

International Space station flying through the sky image from Nasa iambinaxx

It is “Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and travelling thousands of miles an hour faster!”

You can tell that you are seeing the Space Station rather than a plane as it won’t change direction or have flashing lights. 

To help you spot International Space Station you can download the ISS tracking app from Apple’s App Store or Googles Play Store or visit NASA’s Spot the Station Website here. 

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