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. Fr. Seamus

    Open your eyes and see the risen Christ!

    December 23, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      All I see is a metal ball

      December 23, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Seamus

      Yes, again the one-liner. If you pray to God, Chris, He will listen. Listen to Chris, not banasay, God help him.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Oh THERE He is! They always said that Christ was a bit spherical and metallic.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Korkea Aika

      Seamus, Only when people have faith and live accordingly do the eyes of others open. Exhorting people on the internet is all but meaningless. Be well.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • M-Theory

      He looks better than I thought he would.... Mary sort of had that metal-lemon look too. I kind of thought he'd be more like a plastic cookie.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scorpion

    I know what it is, its a galactica meat ball , if you crack it open , you can pick you can pick the meat out of it!

    December 23, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. JPS

    ok so if FELL from SPACE and it didnt burn up? Umm what kind of man made metal ball doesn't burn up or leave an impact crater?

    December 23, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      It could have been from something bigger which burnt up and this piece fell out, slowed down and fell to the earth.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brad Horstkotte

    A whole five minutes of Googling turned this up – its a metal buoy:

    http://www.google.co.za/imgres?q=old+metal+buoy&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1366&bih=663&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=131NnXOfGPnwhM:&imgrefurl=http://morros.tumblr.com/post/10362229622/metal-buoy-corrosive-planet-i-always-wanted-to&docid=juOL1u_ZTl6lsM&itg=1&imgurl=http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrq7ztp4PM1qzknuvo1_500.jpg&w=500&h=667&ei=0RfzTrTdNYr2mAW41eGkAg&zoom=1

    Maybe a little research??

    December 23, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      A buoy for what though? A satellite?

      December 23, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scorpion

    No im not a democrap, nor am i a republipunk,,,keep guessing

    December 23, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tyler

    Basically, "we have no idea what it is and no space agency will claim ownership or give any information about it, but it is definitely NOT extraterrestrial."

    Of course, if it actually were an alien object, I wouldn't expect any government to open up about it.

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

    I shall not sit by in silence while so many are lost! Jesus wants to save all of you. Accept His gift before it is too late!

    December 23, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      That's OK Seamus. If it turns out you were right about the whole Jesus thing, I'll come and contact you.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Seamus

      You must have faith, Tyler. Faith like a child! Your walk with God must be unconditional.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Korkea Aika

      Seamus, the anxiety that you express about the salvation of others appears to be a major lack of faith. In other words, Jesus is unable to reach people by the example of the lives of his followers, He needs you to blog about Him. Think about how little impact your blog has on people. Think instead of what a life filled with faith can do. So my well-intentioned advice is: have faith and live your life accordingly.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • JOregon

      Sorry Seamus that would be a work. It requires effort. It requires action.
      Salvation is by Grace and not by works.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ithought

    I was missing one,,,, i want my ball back!!!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Henk in Colorado

    Nanu Nanu?

    December 23, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. tiredofitall

    It is an old style float ball from a toilet valve.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • nik

      what toilet uses a meter-wide 13-pound float?

      December 23, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. nik

    Holy crap it's Andromeda Strain in real life!

    December 23, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike_88

    Someone must be cleaning their cannon.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Hanover Fist

    It's the Loc-nar!

    December 23, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      mouhahhahahaah.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    It is Alien and that is a warning there coming for all NAZI republicans,and I will GLADLY help them round them up.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    The monolith really isn't what I had hoped it would be...

    December 23, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
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