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Hope you saw Santa….

Well, did you manage to see “Santa” crossing the sky last night?

Large areas of the country had a clear sky at just after 5.15, which allowed many people to see the International Space Station passing over the UK, and some took my advice in an earlier post and their kids outside to show them it and told them it was Santa setting off on his rounds. After my blog post was picked up on Facebook and Twitter, Shared and reTweeted like mad, by the end of last night this blog had been viewed more than 45 THOUSAND times, the vast majority of those visits from people wanting to know how to see “Santa” in their sky. I know many of them managed to, too, because some lovely comments have been left here. Thank you for all of those!

( Inevitably some people moaned about the whole thing, saying that it was wrong to tell kids the space station was Santa, and that we should be telling them what it really is instead. Jeez, talk about missing the point. Seriously, kids grow up so quickly nowadays, there are so many pressures on them, so many dangers all around them, what is the harm in letting them be kids just a little longer and giving them just a few, brief, innocent minutes of magic by looking up and believing they’re actually seeing Santa flying across the sky? )

So, if you are one of those people who managed to see Santa, and your little ones were delighted by it, that’s wonderful! I hope that when they’re a bit older and able to enjoy such things you’ll take them outside and show them the space station and help them realise what an amazing thing that is – a real spaceship, with people inside it, crossing their sky…! It might even get them interested in astronomy as a hobby. I hope so; it’s a lot of fun. If anyone wants any advice about starting off in the hobby, just drop me a line, I’ll be happy to help if I can.

Oh, and after telling all those thousands of people how and when to see Santa, I couldn’t see him myself because it was cloudy. As the great lady once sang – isn’t it ironic? Don’t ya think?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone, wherever you’re reading this.

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