Where do balloons go when they fly away?
Have you ever asked yourself this question – when you let a helium-filled balloon into the air where does it go?
When there is a lot of wind the balloon might disappear and you might not be able to see it again. So, where do the balloons go? Is it to the moon? Space? Or is it heaven? Watching a balloon fly could be very fun to everyone, especially kids. We may not be able to tell where the balloons go just by looking through our eyes, a bit of physics and chemistry is necessary.
First of all balloons cannot go into space. This is because helium balloons have less weight than the atmosphere there. They will therefore, float on air until they reach a point where their weight is equal to the weight of the surrounding air or where the atmospheric pressure is lower than the pressure inside the balloon.
Bursting of a balloon depends on the material in which it is made of. Latex balloons are known to burst faster compared to foil balloons which can go for a long distance.
At high altitude the atmospheric pressure reduces. This means that, when a latex helium balloon goes high towards the sky or is at a higher altitude, the atmospheric pressure becomes less. This makes the air inside the balloon to increase and thus expand. When it reaches its limit and cannot expand anymore it actually bursts or break into pieces.
What happens to the remains of the balloon after it bursts? They will not be left on space. Instead they will return on earth. Wind makes it hard for us to locate the remains, but checking the wind direction might lead us to where they might be.
So, latex helium balloons don’t go on space, heaven, to the moon or to the sun. They reach a point where the atmospheric pressure is less than the pressure inside the balloon itself. Finally, they burst as a result of an increase in pressure inside the balloon.
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