Feel free to file this one under amusing. You know those balloons Google started releasing into the stratosphere several years ago in an experimental attempt to expand Internet access? Apparently a certain Android app is able to pick them up. A reader submitted these screenshots of Flightradar24 tracking one of Google's Project Loon balloons.

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In this case, the helium balloon was spotted hovering somewhere off the coast of Brazil at an altitude of 53,600 feet. At 7 mph, it wasn't moving very quickly, but it only takes a quick glance at the picture to be reminded of why.

Google's balloons don't show up on all flight trackers. We tried a couple, and none had any luck. But there's a chance Flightradar24 isn't the only one. Chime in if you stumble across something yourself.

Tracking balloons from Flightradar 24 is apparently already a long-established hobby, with images shared regularly in certain circles on Google+. Feel free to jump in on the fun.

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  • Gavin