‘Santa’s sleigh’ will be visible in the skies on Christmas Eve

The ISS will be visible in the skies above the UK on Christmas Eve weather permitting. Photo: Paul Williams

The ISS will be visible in the skies above the UK on Christmas Eve weather permitting. Photo: Paul Williams

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‘Santa’s sleigh’ will be visible in sky this Christmas Eve as the International Space Station passes over UK.

If you are looking for a way to keep the little ones believing this year, get them to look up to the sky on Christmas Eve and you might just spot something special.

That’s because we could be getting a helping hand from NASA to bring Christmas magic to life.

Weather permitting the astronauts on the International Space Station will be passing over the UK the night before Christmas and can be passed off as Santa on his sleigh going about his important work.

The ISS is the largest man-made object in space and is bigger than a football pitch. It reflects the sun’s light as it passes overhead and so appears as a giant, star-like object moving across the night sky.

According to Virtual Astronomer , this year the ISS will pass over the UK in the late afternoon, rising in the west at 4.42pm, passing low in the sky and setting in the south east at 4.50pm.

Use NASA’s Spot the Station tool to find out exactly when you will be able to see the ISS, based on the location of your nearest town/city.