Year of 2017

Marker at 90 degrees North, aka the North Pole

All directions point south when you’re here at 90 degrees North, aka the North Pole, and that’s the direction Santa is headed tonight. To follow him as he makes his rounds, try the NORAD Santa Tracker. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been closely tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve route since 1955, when a magazine ad mistakenly posted the agency’s telephone number as a direct line to Father Christmas. When children phoned the number, NORAD staff played along and relayed updates on Santa’s location to them.

Our photographer says she took this shot while aboard a Russian icebreaker. The captain positioned the ship as close as he could to 90 degrees North so that passengers could place this marker and snap a few mementos.

he North Pole, also known as the Geographic North Pole or Terrestrial North Pole, is defined as the point in the Northern Hemisphere where the Earth’s axis of rotation meets its surface.
The North Pole Web Cam is part of the North Pole Environmental Observatory,, a joint National Science Foundation-sponsored effort by the Polar Science Center, / APL / UW, the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory / NOAA, the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center, Oregon State University, and Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

This image was taken with an automated web cam deployed at the North Pole by NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. The image is freely available, however, your use of the image does not constitute an NOAA endorsement of your product or message. Credit NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.