Kids can watch Santa Claus fly over Stoke-on-Trent this week – when to watch

For many of us, Christmas has lost some of its magic this year – and we have the perfect solution to bring the shine back.

As we near the big day, the children have the chance to watch Santa and his reindeer fly by as he prepares to bring presents all over the world.

Excited youngsters can watch out for their sled flying through the sky on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Christmas Eve.

They don’t need to be told that it is really the International Space Station that is passing as its orbit takes them directly over North Staffordshire.

When the weather permits, it should be clearly visible as a bright spot, like a fast moving airplane or a falling star.

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For teenagers, Santa Claus might take the reindeer for a test drive – depending on when you leave.

According to NASA, the space station will be visible in the sky over Stoke-on-Trent on Monday, December 21, at 7:01 a.m.

It is visible for two minutes if you look for it to appear in the SSW of the sky (find south and look to the left) and then disappear in the SSE (right of south).

It will then be shown on December 22nd at 6:14 a.m. It will also be visible for two minutes, appearing in the SSE of heaven, and disappearing in the SE.

On Wednesday, December 23, at 5:27 a.m. and 7:02 a.m., there are two ways to catch Santa Claus.

And on Christmas Eve itself, the magic will take place for three minutes at 6.15 a.m.

Good binoculars can reveal some details of the structural shape of the space station.

Similar times apply if you are elsewhere in North Staffordshire.

The International Space Station pass can be seen over Bingham, Nottinghamshire

The space station orbits Earth every 91 minutes, so there are other ways to see it this Christmas if it happens to be over the West Midlands.

All sightings occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset.

This is the optimal viewing time as the sun reflects off the space station and stands out against the darker sky.

The International Space Station is NASA’s orbiting research facility. It is the largest man-made object in the sky and moves around our planet 15 times a day.

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At 357ft end to end, it’s almost as long as a soccer field. It weighs 925 pounds, the equivalent of 320 cars, and gets its electricity from one hectare of solar panels.

The station has a crew of six and 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.

Let us know if you spot the International Space Station in the sky above Birmingham and share your pictures with us on social media.