Hello friends, this weekend will be my birthday!
I’ve now had several birthday’s while in Michigan, but I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the wild celebrations that take place here. It seems friends and family always go to extremes to make you feed special on your big day.
I’m now 316 years old, so my friends and family back home do not celebrate me as much as they did 100, or even 200, years ago. I can understand why, but cake, frosting, sprinkles, dishes of candy, ice cream and everything in between should be a given each year. It’s a must because sugar is the BEST.
What did surprise me on my first birthday, and still surprises me now, are the balloons. We don’t have balloons up at the North Pole so they intrigued me. Each year, the people I stay with gift me a homemade cake and a balloon bouquet to celebrate.
The thoughtful gift got me thinking about balloons and how they could possibly float when gravity exists. I did some research and wanted to share my findings with you!
First, the scientific definition of gravity is a natural phenomenon by which all things with mass or energy—including planets, stars, galaxies, and even light—are attracted to one another. On Earth, gravity gives weight to physical objects, and the Moon’s gravity causes the tides of the oceans. So how does helium float, and where does it come from?
Helium is naturally occurring, which means that it is found in the Earth in places like the United States, Algeria, Russia and Qatar. It is collected from mining underground gas pockets of helium. I can’t imaging that it is an easy job.
Helium is also the second-most common element in the universe. Elements are pure substances that exist on their own and cannot be created by outside forces. The helium found on Earth was created over millions of years by the decay of metals and elements underground. It floats because helium is lighter than air!
How cool, right!?
Until next time, love, BinG <3