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. Edward

    This is...COMMON?!?! What a scary place to live.

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

      That was my thought too. Scratch the Southern Hemisphere off of my places to go – dang I really wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SubGenius

    Satellite gyroscope mechanism, or, a genuine Spaceball.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Hope

      spaceballs? well, there goes the planet

      December 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elvis 2

    Glad to see that the language police are on the job. Long overdue.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scorpion

    @capn,rita im 50 and i definitely get it, but its funny as hell since i dont have that problem yet, im still hanging correctly

    December 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. markishere

    Someone's trying to catch those elusive space Pokemon.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Deep South

    Space Balls

    December 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hehe

    maybe its from the future

    December 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ethan

    Looks like a vacuum case for liquid oxygen or something.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Craig Hyatt

    Why assume it is extra-terrestrial? I am amazed that after examining the thing, folks couldn't figure out it's a "pig" used to clean oil pipelines. The business about explosions in the area should have been a clue. A pipeline probably exploded and sent the thing flying through the air. See photos here: http://www.proline-global.com/sub2_8.htm

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

      That may be true, but an explanation of it as ET's yo-yo is still more compelling.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig Hyatt

      @Alex: I hear you. Always easier to go for the sensational story than to use common sense. Why are people even speculating it fell from space? 1. It's hollow, so it could not have survived the pressure differential. 2. It would have vaporized from the heat of re-entry. 3. Given its shape and mass it would have reached sufficient speed to disintegrate on impact with the ground.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOregon

      Try to answer #3.
      "pigs" don't have knobs and the round ones aren't made of metal

      December 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig Hyatt

      @JOregon: string of pearl designs have "knobs" and I see no reason why a hollow metal design could not exist; the answer to #3 is 200m/s, however such a small object could never have survived re-entry, and it cannot be from space.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cat

    It's from the Dharma Initiative.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fr. Seamus

    I want to wish everyone a merry Christmas!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rufus

    omg stfu...

    December 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jeff

    Looks like a simple pressure vessel...but surviving re-entry? Maybe parts of that lost USAF hypersonic vehicle are finally showing up. OOhhh no I got it. Iran tried to bring down another UAV.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Doosh-LaRooush

    just falling satellite parts

    December 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mullahfullahbullah

    Thank God someone found the float for my toilet. Had literally explosive diarrhea and still picking up the pieces. Please send my way COD.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Nice!

      December 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Hahahahaha! lmao! Thanks for the good laugh!!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
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