How to Spot Santa in the Skies this Christmas
In 2015, the International Space Station (ISS) thrilled children across the UK with a pass over on Christmas Eve that had families across the land standing outside, gazing at the skies and watching “Santa” meander his merry way, taking care of deliveries down chimneys all over the land. Unfortunately, this year, the ISS won’t be visible from the UK on Christmas Eve, but “Santa” will be flying this week and here’s how to see him up until December 19th.
· December 15: You’ll be able to see a very bright light in the sky, rising over the horizon at 4.54pm and passing at medium altitude from a westerly direction to south-easterly. It will be at its highest point at 4.57pm and visible until 5pm.
· December 16: Look for a faint light in the sky, passing very low, rising over the horizon at 5.39pm and setting at 5.42pm in the south.
· December 17: A faint light in the sky, again passing very low, rising over the horizon from the west at 4.46pm and setting in south-east at 4.51pm.
· December 19: Look in the skies for a faint light, passing low and rising over the horizon from the south-west at 4.39pm and setting in the south-east at 4.41pm.
Santa will be doing these “practice flights” before Christmas so he can make sure he knows exactly where every child lives and ensure that nobody misses out on Christmas Eve deliveries. When the ISS passes over, it appears like a really bright star or a plane without any flashing lights and moves across the sky.
Hopefully, the roof of your home is safe for Santa to land on and climb down the chimney to make his deliveries. Don’t forget, the roof doesn’t just have to bear the weight of Santa (whose weight increases drastically every Christmas Eve as he consumes such vast quantities of mince pies left out for him) but the sleigh and a team of reindeer too!
Pitched roofs are a particular problem for Santa and his sleigh has been specially adapted to allow it to land and then rest at a steep angle while Santa pops down the chimney to make his deliveries. If your children are worried about not having a proper chimney for Santa to gain entry, then they can rest assured that Santa is actually magic and can just magic himself into the house when necessary.
Wherever Santa has to land on your home, making sure your roof is ready for the winter is a sensible idea as it helps to maintain the value of your home. Regular inspections, especially before the winter starts, are essential and cost effective – after all, it’s much easier and cheaper to fix a small problem before giving it the chance to develop into a larger problem.
Inspecting and maintaining a roof involves work at height which involves risks. As a home owner, you probably don’t have the necessary access equipment to work on your roof safely and it’s a job that’s best left to the professionals.