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. lumpy

    You gotta be kidding me! Can't you all see that it is a double sided alien boob?

    December 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. arthur uzo

    Pre-2012 event. Every seek for cover. Space ball. Call Ronado to kick it out.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. whiz

    Where is CSI when you need one,
    why is there only one of these objects , why is it intact without a scratch , someone clearly dropped it , if its fille with something than it should have been blown to pieces , it landed with the parachute , it is probably was sent as a whether ballon with something
    it loook like , it had a safe landing and not rough crash,
    why do i care

    December 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Bob

    this was the basis for the movie space balls

    December 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. patrick

    finally impacted by a dark energy particle

    December 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fred1369

    it is a ball bearing. whatever it came from isn't working now.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tierra

    theres no way to say its not from this world without sounding crazy

    December 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. No Headroom

    Was Mork inside?

    December 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sam

    Wasn't it a Coke bottle that fell last time?

    December 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Seth Bullock

    Someone finally brought down a Deathstar!

    December 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mel

    A) How do they know it fell from space?
    B) Where did it come from if not space agencies?
    C) Why didn't it burn up re-entry?

    Surely,someone must have an idea what it is?

    December 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob M

      A) It diddnt, it came from the sky.
      B) An airplane.
      C) Because it diddnt re-enter the atmosphere.

      Im fairly certain its a ball bearing from a landing gear.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rob M

    To me, it looks like a ball bearing from an Jet planes landing gear.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    it's just a normal satellite gas or fuel tank. every bigger than more or less 5 kg satellite as such ones onboard. and sometimes satellites fall...

    December 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Phreddy57

    Oh, that's where it got to – please put it in a UPS box and ship it back.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Karl

    It's the pivot ball from a giant Dyson vacuum.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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