Show the kids Santa's journey over Falmouth

By Joseph Macey

16th Sep 2021 | Local News

It's nearly time for Santa and his nine gorgeous reindeer to begin their tour of the country.

He has a lot of presents for well-behaved children and grown-ups in his sleigh.

Santa will take to the skies on a whistlestop trip around the UK – he is so speedy that sightings are rare.

In case you miss him, why not keep a lookout for the International Space Station, which is visible over Falmouth this December.

It will appear as a bright dot shooting in the skies above, so you can tell the kids that it is Father Christmas himself.

The following ISS sightings over Falmouth are possible from December 19th through Tuesday Dec 29th.

The space station is visible for a 50-mile radius around each location on the map.

If the weather is good, 'Santa' will look like a shooting star or brightly lit, fast-moving plane.

The optimum viewing time is usually within a couple of hours of sunrise or sunset when the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.

There are plenty of opportunities to spot him this year, but you'll need to be an early bird and catch him in the morning.

Two of the best chances are on December 23rd and Christmas Day, just after 7am when he will be visible for over five minutes.

Facts about the International Space Station

The International Space Station is a Nasa research facility and the largest man-made object in the sky.

It orbits our planet every 91 minutes.

At 357ft end to end, it's almost as long as a football field and weighs 925lb, the equivalent of 320 cars.

The space station draws its power from an acre of solar panels and has a crew of six astronauts living there.

It moves at four-and-a-half miles per second, or 17,500 miles per hour, at an altitude of more than 200 miles above the earth.

Please get in touch if you spot the space station over Falmouth.

Send us your photos by emailing [email protected] or drop us a line on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to see more from the space station - get your compasses out and go find him!

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