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. nonPCrealist

    "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." o.0

    December 23, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • bluidshay

      LOL. My thoughts exactly! I hate it when the forecast has large metal balls from space in it. Such an inconvenience.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. hhi

    I was wondering where i put that thing...

    December 23, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brian

    The mythbusters are conducting experiments again.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Glaziers930

      We rely on cnn for news?Google rocket fuel tanks images mystery solved.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Glaziers930

      Sorry I meant satellite fuel tanks.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. inyourface73

    THe gods must be crazy. The tribesman who found it must go on a journey, take this object to the edge and cast it into the sea

    December 23, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. asdfadsf

    WIIIIIIIEEEEEEERRRRRRRDDDDD

    December 23, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Coach Lew

    Part of a Gyroscope used by the Gemini group, just ask NASA, they won't tell you!

    December 23, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Syd

    How do they know it's not alien? "alloy known to man" just means it exists here; doesn't mean it doesn't exist elsewhere. Queue X-Files reunion! I think it's what's left of a Pioneer-type probe sent out from the Gamma Quadrant. Or a piece of Iron Giant poop.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • GatorALLin

      One clue is the part lines that show up in 2 different directions when they molded or welded this round object together as part of a metal tank (this sphere is hollow btw).

      December 23, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Smart

      You know it is possible that aliens weld things too!

      December 23, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. GatorALLin

    .....................earlier Jason Schumacher posted the correct answer...... with link and pics here to confirm.

    http://fernlea.tripod.com/tank.html

    space junk...

    December 23, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Just because there's a picture of something that is almost exactly like it, with a very plausible explanation doesn't mean it's the same thing! That's what "they" want us to think. It's another government conspiracy. "They" sat around a table discussing it..."Hmmm...where can we put this so we can guarantee it's found???" "I KNOW! How about the Nambian Grasslands!!"

      December 23, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. JonasH

    "So should we expect a run on helmets at sporting goods stores south of the equator?"
    A helmet will help you look stylish when your brain is driven through your skull and torso to land on the ground by your feet. A several pound heavy metal sphere falling out of the sky... Please do some basic math.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • anon

      please show us the basic math

      December 23, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • imtoosmartforhumor

      Idiot! It was a joke.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jay

      Show a basic sense of humor, as I'm sure it was intended.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      .5*m*v^2, Kinetic energy. If you assume terminal velocity of the sphere is 120mph (VERY conservative. 120mph is usually the Terminal V for a skydiver, but you wanted simple). The energy delivered would be roughly the same as a baseball being thrown at around 765mph. For reference, this is about the speed of sound at sea level.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lions in the sky

    OMG! it's the Sequel to the movie "SPACEBALLS!!!"......Please don't be in 3D

    December 23, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tar

    Space junk!

    December 23, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. travhops

    Looks like some space junk fell, which would explain the explosions. Interesting.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Shawn Ryan

    Looks like a Liquid oxygen tank from a rocket, my guess 1st stage or second stage. look at the attached link for picture reference. Not to had to figure out CNN. http://www.astronautix.com/props/loxlh2.htm

    December 23, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    It's the Death Star! Funny, I always thought it would be bigger.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      That made me laugh my a$$ off. Ty.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Repiuk

    Looks like a mold of alien boobs

    December 23, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
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