Santa or the ISS? Photo: Ronald Wittek/DPA/Press Association Images

The International Space Station is due to pass over the UK on Christmas Eve giving children a great opportunity to spot “Santa’s sleigh”.

Parents could be forgiven for using the opportunity to help persuade any wavering believers in Father Christmas.

From around 5.22pm for around three minutes and again at 6.58pm for two minutes, weather permitting, the craft will be visible in our skies says Nasa data.

Weather in Southport tonight is forecasted to be partly cloudy from 5pm to 7pm – with the space station appearing in the west, south west part of the sky.

space statio-stream_imgThe International Space Station. Credit: Reuters

It can be easy to mistake the ISS for other aircraft, but the spacecraft has no flashing lights and moves a little faster.

The best viewing opportunities will be from place with little light pollution, like the countryside or a large local park. It is best to go outside a few minutes early to let your eyes adjust to the dark.

There are currently six crew members on the ISS who will celebrate Christmas and see in 2015 from Space.

You can find out more details on the NASA website.

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