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. Paul Ronco

    "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."

    Of course. As we all know, metal spheres fall from space all the time.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • TheDUDE

      You deny this reality – what are you? Republican!?

      December 23, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Natfka

      lol, what are you a democrate?

      December 23, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Fr. Seamus: nope. You're not. That's not their dogma.
    Nice troll try.

    If you want to try to troll a religion with your verbiage, think of a faith that uses that kind of verbiage. The RCC does not.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Seamus

      I DO use "that kind of verbiage"! There are many voices in the Church, but far too few listeners nowadays. Hence, my Internet mission. Your cynicism is clouding your spiritual eyes.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Piere

    Hey guys i lost it around Nov 15th!! it is mine, give it back.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Terry

    How do they know it fall from space? Maybe it fell from a turnip truck !!

    December 23, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. TheDUDE

    Dingle Berry – I see these quite often.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rob M

    "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, down South aliens coming down and inhabiting the area is common. This explains much.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Given the tine of year, I'd say Jingle Berry.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. the elephant man

    Its a Boeing bomb, frozen space doo-doo sans puts.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bsquared

    hmmm... the Gods must be crazy

    December 23, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    The RCC doesn't use that kind of verbiage.
    Doesn't matter what *you* use.
    My eyes are clear, and you've been busted.
    Give it up.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Seamus

      I shall pray for you. Reconcile with God and take Holy Communion asap!

      December 23, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nathaniel

    Look at this image. It's a fuel tank from a satellite. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2796/4451626178_1b93e78d0a_z.jpg?zz=1

    December 23, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scorpion

    About a hundred more of those and she can wear a pearl necklace GREAT BALLs OF FIRE ;GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tcr c2

    Maybe its osama bin laden re incarnated as a mini binie complete with rob and all

    December 23, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    Looks like a stainless steel Oxidizer or some other type of propellant tank from a space craft, I saw some like this that were part of the Mars Pathfinder Project that were machined out of a single block of stainless steel. Looks like mounting brackets were burned off in re-entry, it could also be part of ICBM test from Vandenberg or take your pick on anything the sent up by the Russians in the last 25 years.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. ThinkLessDoMore

    3.6 ft eh?....I won't want to meet the giant spaceman that lost it.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
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