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Japan authorities investigate mystery object

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jbondo

A balloon flying above Japan has gone viral. Further reinforcing my point that people are becoming more mindless by the day and feel a need to record absolutely everything and post it on the internet. I'm sure if it flew low enough, there'd be those who just had to take a "selfie" with it.

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jethrofloyd

 If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. So, if it's flying like a ballon, then it probably is a ballon!

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Jon the frog

Probably a meteorological balloon that overachieved his life expectancy or underachieved his altitude...

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OverSword

"Balloon like UFO:lol: 

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qxcontinuum
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And they have not sent a helicopter or a drone to investigate?

It does look like it carries something underneath. 

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Hazzard
4 hours ago, qxcontinuum said:

And they have not sent a helicopter or a drone to investigate?

Sure, or a pair of F-22 Raptors... But I think that I would start with a pair of old fashion binoculars. 

-Yep, its a balloon, call of the missilestrike, Mr President. 

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NCC1701

It looks like there is quit some equipment hanging under it, some kind of internet ballon maybe...

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the13bats

:sleepy:

Had it been a pachinko machine then you would have my interest...:tu:

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Jujo-jo

Hmmm... not much of an investigation seems like they would have a pilot up there, sight on scene and like there would be more footage...

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tortugabob

Wow, weather balloon. Nothing to see here people. Move along.

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ChrLzs
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Here's one we prepared earlier:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozjzrQ4BxkM
I am sadly amused by the way they say it isn't a met balloon, after talking to just ONE met agency....???? Grr.  Met balloons are used for lots of different experiments and are often loaded with all sorts of odd stuff including solar panels, materials or devices to measure (- or being tested for their ability to withstand -) low-pressure, cold, cosmic radiation, etc.

Here's what appears to be a shot of either the original or a very similar balloon at a different angle to show its payload, grabbed from here.
metballoon.jpg.cf3e14d900902b1f106f48ce41000335.jpg

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