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. RealMan

    STAY AWAY FROM IT!!! Have'nt you watched the Movie "Sphere"!!!! Run for the hills!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. jack

    Probably some black box from an old satellite.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sadie Boyd

    IIt's a lemon...

    December 23, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    SPACEBALLS!

    December 23, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hobbits

    Its from planet Lemonhead.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • DC

      Excellent! You are on point – that's exactly what it looks like.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. RSFan

    You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kay

    It's Happy Fun Ball!!

    December 23, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • RSFan

      HAHAHA!!! Good call!

      December 23, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. silly article

    An irrigation float used in a tank as shown in link. Used to irrigate crops. maybe this one developed a leak so they chucked it. Or maybe the kids used if for a modified soccer match.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kay

    Actually, it's probably just a piece of a disintegrated satellite.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. UpanAdam

    I heard that people from Africa had big balls but this isn't normal (is it?)

    December 23, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. joe

    do not open it!!!! listen to me!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. steeve-0

    It's a double sided metal booby.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Corwin7

    It's part of Barak Obamas plan to destroy the U.S. conservative values!!!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jim

    Just an old fashioned lunchbox.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. MJ

    FOX NEWS..... A sign sent from the one true Lord Jesus Christ....

    December 23, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
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