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. Whynot

    The Gods Must be Crazier than before ...

    December 23, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. LuisWu

    Don't open it! It's full of alien Larvae!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. MatarLaRaza

    Robot egg.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. silly

    Elephant An@l Bead

    December 23, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. adebola

    The ball should be in kept a shrine and be worshiped! Or be given to CAF to decorate,polished and be presented as the ACN trophy. VIVA AFRICA!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Carl Hungus

    Yes, I remember a similar article in the early 80's, but it turned out to be a Coca Cola bottle.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. alien

    Mystery solved
    http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=166450

    December 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Badly-Bent

    I doubt a hollow object of 13 pounds could withstand the impact after falling from space without any apparent damage.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. palintwit

    Astronomers at the Sarah Palin Galactic Observatory / Bait Shop have positively identified this object as one of Sarah Palin's battery operated adult toys. They have determined that it has @nal applications.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. TwisTed MisTer

    And Lo and Behold from out of it popped -->>>MINI GAGA! lol

    December 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Alan Drake

    It's just a propellant tank, probably made of a nickel alloy!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. ergosum

    Misfired projectile launched at Boehner's home from teaparty hqtrs in SC. Contains collective intelligence of teabagger House freshmen. Harmless devise defused on impact.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. fsetepitc

    Do not taunt happy fun ball.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • DJtheDJ

      LOL!!!!! Good one.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. benny v

    It's GLaDOS... 🙂 jk, it's just a hydrazine tank... come on CNN. get it together.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. palintwit

    A clever teabagger would use this object to decorate his trailer.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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