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. raven

    Ooh, I hope it's filled with candy!

    December 23, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Jim, I agree.
    The pomp and ceremony of mass is something to behold, especially in the older churches that were so ornate...it almost made one *feel* holy...almost.

    I've got to hit the hay; I haven't any idea what's going on in the church; I just assume not much has changed since I was a teenager.

    Til next time, my friend; it's kind of an intellecual "Where's Waldo", internet style.
    I look forward to the next time!

    Good night, Jim.

    PS: Seamus? That's SO cliché! Lmao!

    December 23, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Stuart kramartacus

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

    .....
    lol wut?

    December 23, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Exactly! LOL!!

      December 23, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. bttmstr

    yep, thanks Djudju for erasing any doubts. fits perfectly with the russian Phobos-Grunt probe failure time-frame, even has the same type balls when you look at its pictures. it was bound for one of the moons of mars, phobos, but got stuck in low earth orbit and apparently fall down to earth approx a week later.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Razgovory

    Looks like a beat up COPV. Was probably full of Helium or something. Kinda neat, but not nefarious or alien.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. ViperGuy

    It's definitely a hydrazine fuel tank. It looks like the same type used on the Shuttle Columbia. Might have bounced back into orbit during the explosion.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. KJ

    I KNEW it! We all live in a giant movie set – Truman Show style. And one of the light fixtures just fell down. HEY YOU UP THERE: THE JIG IS UP!! We're on to you!

    December 23, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    Is this supposed to be real reporting?

    December 23, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

      It's CNN. You must be new around these parts.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Bones

      So what's wrong with the story? Is the lack of a Fox News-styled insane conspiracy theory what's bothering you? A piece of space junk fell to Earth. It wasn't made by aliens. That's what is known, and that's what is reported.

      Use your imagination. Read it again, then add your own "ITS CAUSE THE LIBERALS DONE IT ITS PROOF OMABA HATS MERICA HURRR DURRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!" to the end. Problem solved.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. David

    I'm not sure but it looks like fuel or oxygen cells from the Apollo missions. I'm probably wrong though.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • gary

      You're right: you ARE wrong.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. WestVirginia

    Looks like the center of a very large gyroscope. OR its a alien pomagranate

    December 23, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    Another Mythbuster cannonball no doubt.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve Bishop

    I know what it is. It's a Vulcan Pinata. And it's made of metal because Vulcan's are so strong. This one must have been hit so hard it was launched into space and drifter here. Mystery solved.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Paul Bley

    The truth is revealed here. http://franzpatrick.com/2011/07/02/sleeper/

    December 23, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jen

    I've seen this episode of Doctor Who before, DON'T OPEN IT.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
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    December 23, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
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