Introducing the Google Earth Blog Santa Tracker

[ Update: find the Google Earth Blog Santa Traker here  ]

This year, partly as a goodbye to the Google Earth API, which is expected to be shut down some time early next year we have decided to resurrect the Google Earth version of the Santa Tracker. We will be providing two different versions; one will run in the Google Earth API and the other within Google Earth. To view the Google Earth API version you will require a browser that still supports the Google Earth API, such as Firefox or Safari.

There are two other Santa Trackers this year, Google’s and NORAD’s. Google’s will be Google Maps based and NORAD’s will likely be based on the Cesium JavaScript library, as it was last year. Both Santa Trackers have countdowns. They differ by 2 hours, but last year NORAD’s countdown expired several hours before Santa actually took off. Our Santa Tracker will be as close as possible to Google’s Tracker, so you can take their count down as an indication as to when ours will start.

We will publish the necessary links and instructions to access them on Wednesday, but for now Frank has done an introductory video showing what it will look like:

We have decided not to accept user requests for extra Santa stops, but I am sure Santa has you on his list and you will not be missed out. His path shown in the tracker is only approximate.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.