NORAD Santa Tracker 2011: Google Kicks Off Countdown To Christmas Eve (VIDEO)

Even accounting for timezone tricks and some funny business over the International Date Line, it's still hard for a lot of people to believe that Santa Claus manages to visit every single house in the world in one 24-hour period.

Well, listen up, non-believers. Google If you know anyone who thinks this isn't possible, simply direct them to The North American Aerospace Defense Control (NORAD) Santa Tracker, which has been tracking St. Nick's yearly trek for over 50 years, according to Gizmodo.

In 2007, NORAD partnered with Google to make the experience of plotting Santa's annual trip even better. The Santa Tracker now lets users track Mr. Claus in real-time on Google Maps and in 3D on Google Earth.

On Thursday, Google announced the start of the Santa tracking countdown on The Official Google Blog.

On December 24 at 2 a.m. EST, users will be able to watch Santa as he accomplishes the impossible.

Check out the video (below) to view highlights from last year's Santa Tracker project.

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