Mysterious metal ball from space falls in Namibia
This large metal ball was found in Namibian grasslands in November.
December 22nd, 2011
09:53 PM ET

Mysterious metal ball from space falls in Namibia

A large metal ball that fell from space into the Namibian grasslands last month is not alien, officials say, but that's about all they know for certain about the object.

According to a report on The Namibian website, the 13-pound metal sphere with two bumps on its poles was found by a farmer near Onamatunga in the Omunsati region between November 15 and November 20. Explosions were heard in the area before the discovery, but no evidence of an explosion was seen around the area where the object was found.

Paul Ludik, director of the country's National Forensic Science Institute, told The Namibian the sphere, with a circumference of 3.6 feet, is made of a "sophisticated" metal alloy that is known to man, but he said it has no markings that would identify it. No international space agency has claimed ownership, he said.

“A number of tests have been performed on the object, and it appears to be hollow. We are still busy with a detailed examination of the object,” The Namibian quotes him as saying.

Ludik told The Namibian that the object poses no cause for alarm, and that such reports of metallic spheres falling from space are common in the Southern Hemisphere.

So should we expect a run on helmets at sporting goods stores south of the equator?

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  1. Tcr c2

    Maybe its the aliens showing us there big balls. Hmmmmmmm?

    December 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mabel

      You mean "their".

      December 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • EL CHE

      Meaninhg they have okra size d**ks with these mighty hard balls like this one?

      December 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • asda

      No way that thing has a 3.6 foot diameter. Look at the sand or grass in the picture. More like 8-12 inches.

      January 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Deep North

    There Here!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Really? There here? Lettuce hope that public education starts to improve in the near future.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      "Lettuce hope" – lol that's just funny. I don't care who u r!!!

      December 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mabel

      You mean "they're".

      December 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deep South

      Here There

      December 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scratch

      You could of checked your spelling better.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dana

      There, there, now. They're not going to hurt you physically and doesn't seem to be much left to do to you mentally.Relax, it

      doesn't matter where, we're surrounded.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    They're heeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrreeeeeee...

    December 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Seamus

      Jesus died for you. That's the real miracle!

      December 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BombardierBob

    Looks like the Mythbusters were at it again.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cap'n Rita

    Dirty big balls...
    but we've got the biggest balls of them all!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Someone else

    Looks kinda like a spacecraft LOX tank...albeit a really small one.
    This is coming out of Namibia though, so it could also be a bit of welded junk.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tcr c2

    Or it could be great balls of fire ,or maybe UFOs are throwing our trash back at us, maybe the left overs of darth vadors death star!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. skimiller40

    Note: You aliens should learn the proper use of there, their, and they're. Geez....

    December 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cap'n Rita

    They're showing their ignorance of the language, up there.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mabel

      No comma necessary in this sentence.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • schmeeky

      A comma is necessary here, however.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abookworm

      The comma isn't necessary but acceptable for emphasis.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tcr c2

    @capn,rita. That was nasty . I wish i would of thought of, what i wanted to say was i was showing off my balls

    December 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cap'n Rita

      Actually, I was just showing my age. Anyone over 45 will get it.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deep South

      Best version ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLCKSPFrkJQ&noredirect=1

      December 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abookworm

      LOL @Cap'n Rita – it's my belief that my big balls should be held every night!

      December 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. midwestmatt

    Considering there are literally thousands of pieces of man made junk floating around the planet, this is most likely some piece of a booster rocket or smashed satellite. No story here. Move along.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cap'n Rita

      And yet...
      you took the time to read about it and post a condescending comment.
      After you.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • EL CHE

      Make sure the garage door doesn't hit your ASS on your way out. You feel me?

      December 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Metal Lark Lemon

    that's my ball sack

    December 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Reddy

    'Sophisticated metal alloy'? I doubt he knows what it is. It is probably a fallen part from one of the large motherships buzzing us in low earth orbit.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scorpion

    Them balls are huuuuuuuuuge. Imagin getting smacked up side the head with one of these huuuuuuuuuge balls?

    December 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thhhhhpppppp!

      Quit imagining. I'll pull down my pants and you wait for me.

      January 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Me

    The gods must be crazy.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • alboze

      They ran out of Coke bottles.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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