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. Lulwutz

    "such reports of metallic spheres falling from space are common" Those are some clumsy aliens.

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

      Ahigher number being commonly found around the beginning of the fourth month of the year ....

      December 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Moonshine

    Ingredients of Happy Fun Ball include an unknown glowing substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space

    December 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris D.

      Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • roboticross

      best comment ever

      December 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. unafy

    That is extraterrestrials signal to broadcast their presence in the universe to the earth beingsl!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankly

      I thought this was aliens voicing their displeasure that Kim and kris didn't make it?

      December 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      god must be crazy is an excellent movie

      December 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WalterS

    The gods must be crazy...

    December 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Seamus

      God cannot be "crazy." He is perfect.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • WalterS

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gods_Must_Be_Crazy

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

      First coke bottles, now metal volleyballs. What next, giant robots? I agree, the gods must be crazy.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      He is referencing the movie "the gods must be crazy". netflix it.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian W.

      God made us in his own image......God is not crazy he is insane

      December 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      god cannot be crazy. You have to exist to be crazy.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Seamus

      God is perfect! His existence and essence are identical.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • WalterS

      Ay yi yi, didn't anybody else see the clear analogy to the movie from this new story? You mention toothpaste on an internet forum and it automatically becomes a debate about God. Either that, or that it's Bush's/Obama's fault.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      Seamus...you are delusional.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      Walter: this is what happens when you give idiots access to the world's store of knowledge.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Seamus

      I shall pray for you, Anita.

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

      Don't pray for me you heathen fool.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Clearly a lunar croquet ball. Fun stuff.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kryptonian

    somebody check if Chuck Norris is still OK.. will ya.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      hahahahahaha

      December 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. guru

    I am sure IT IS MADE IN CHINA...get it to chinese..and the problem solved

    December 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    I'm 45 and I have never heard of 3 1/2 food spheres falling from space in my life, now I'm supposed to believe it happens all the time. When ever something that large falls from space it burns up or is what is left of a much bigger object (metal almost always melts and deforms) I doubt this fall from space.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • lewtwo

      Santa had his sliegh out for a tune-up ride.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gregory

    Seriously? Common?
    And don't they mean it fell from the SKY? How do they know it came from space? This thing is pretty big.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DoubleFlusher

    A storage tank from some anonymous derelict satellite?

    December 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gregory

    Ah, mystery solved. It's an alien spy drone and they just contacted the Nambians and asked for it back.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GbreadMan

    Oh gee, look, it's a GYROSCOPE. Probably soviet.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zoundsman

    Oh Great, now one of those Transformer Robots are goiung to be pizzed off and looking for a left testicle.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan

    It's one of Darth Vader's spy drones.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • WalterS

      It's a sure bet the Empire knows we're here.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      its one of those flying evil orbs from phantasm

      December 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anita Bleaujob

    It's actually a huge alien mothership...from the planet Lillliput.

    The microbe sized aliens are probably already conquering us.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
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