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. cindy

    alien breast implant

    December 23, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jasen

      LMAO...Best one I've seen yet!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tex

    Mythbusters cannonball

    December 23, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • thatguythere

      You stole my line Tex!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. lerxt

    Reports of space junk falling from space are fairly common in the Southern Hemisphere? Ah, the perfect soultion to our garbage problem – load it up into a rocket, fire it into space and have it land in Africa – they'll think it's space junk and we'll have more room in our landfills!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin O.

    WORMWOOD!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      dexter already stopped that.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Din,

    Don't you think if those object falling from sky will dig in dip and bigger hole?.. this seems like someone put it there.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. R. Miles

    It's a hydrazine propellant tank from a satellite. Nothing mysterious. Humans are increasingly littering space so expect a lot more of this; funny thing is the orbital trajectories intentionally keep it over the Southern Hemisphere to avoid the populated Northern Hemisphere so there's some logic to the madness.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey You

      http:// cs.astrium.eads.net/ sp/ spacecraft-propulsion/ propellant-tanks/ images/ 105-litre-propellant-tank.jpg

      December 23, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Rocket09

      Orbital debris reentry is a random process. The vast majority of debris reentry is due to the passive decay of junk that has been in orbit for years or decades, and is not controlled in any way, so rest assured that there is no intentional targeting of the Southern Hemisphere. Check out http://orbitaldebris.jsc.nasa.gov/ if you want to actually understand this issue.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John M

    If it is from a US satellite look inside and see if it has a made in China label.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Miriam Pia

    I'm thinking this means some European or North American satellite type of 'space junk' fell on Namibia, which is a little weird and a bit embarrassing in terms of 'environmental practices' – dumping on Africa is 'not cool'.

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

    Aliens can make things out of known metals, jeeze.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Alien from Zoltar

    There's that anal probe that went missing last month!

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

    Anyone remember the animated movie "Heavy Metal"? Doesn't this thing look really familiar?

    December 23, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. mombser2

    There is surely a conspiracy theory for this- Mossad and the CIA are behind it-

    December 23, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Satan

    Looks like something from the planet "Nipopolis".

    December 23, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jack

    The fact that metal spheres raining from the sky "are common in the Southern Hemisphere" poses some cause for alarm to me.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. dennis

    if this ball were to fall on a S. Asian country, they would have worshiped it and already made a temple around it. also, throngs of pilgrims coming to offer flowers and pray to it.

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