Peter and Amanda Bassett of the Astronomy Roadshow Planetarium write: "At 5.30pm* on Christmas Day, if you go out and look overhead, you may see Santa going home for a well-deserved rest. His sleigh will be seen for several minutes as a bright star-like object, due to heat from the skis generated by friction in the atmosphere. He travels at thousands of miles an hour to do his job, hence the white-hot skis."
"Some people may try to convince you it is the International Space Station passing over. Don't believe a word of it. It is part of a massive conspiracy to hide Santa's tracks. He is very shy and doesn't like being seen. We can guarantee 100 per cent that this conspiracy theory is as accurate as the Moon landing hoax."
In Audlem Online's humble opinion, the world needs more scientists like Peter and Amanda. A very happy Christmas to them and all our readers.
*Yes, we thought it would be 5.30am he went home but, after checking the facts to ensure this story is true, Audlem Online was reminded that Santa has had to continue his work in time zones such as Hawaii for up to twelve hours after he's been to Audlem.
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