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. Don

    It's the typical Russian compressed-gas tanks, containing nitrogen or sometimes helium. They contain about 300 atmospheres of pressure and are made from layers of metal fiber.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarkson

      It must have been a lot of time adrift or something. It doesnt seem to sport any plug to use the storage.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Clarkson, the two bumps on the sphere look like connections that melted on reentry.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. travlnjack

    It's obviously the "nyborg" ship from 'Heavy Metal'

    December 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • empiremonkey

      Dude. Good nyborg, man.

      December 24, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. iJoe

    It's either a Dyson Sphere or a Bucky Ball. Or maybe it was the ball I threw at Becky Csea back in 2nd grade during gym.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 0000000

    Its a alien lunch truck,if you crack it open its full of klingon meat, queso,and freoles

    December 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. genghistron

    it's mythbuster guys

    December 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 0000000

    Thats a big ball god must be gifted

    December 23, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tcr C2

    Its a bird, its plane , its asuper ball!

    December 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tcr C2

    It could be a ball full of miniature bin ladens with robes

    December 24, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Aaron

    It's a NASA pressure vessel, here's an article on how they are made: http://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/747

    December 24, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Paul Bley

    It's the orb from woody allen's sleeper....http://franzpatrick.com/2011/07/02/sleeper/

    December 24, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Blessed Geek

      Woody Alien?

      December 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul Bley

    or it's a NambiPandi....

    December 24, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. MEGUSTA

    Międzygwiezdna sraka !

    December 24, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ankama hango

    Kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaakwakwakwa... i

    December 24, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. kamran

    this must a sphere which contain ben 10 watch and some boy like ben is going to be alien type ... lol :)

    December 24, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. tom

    Do not taunt happy fun ball

    December 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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