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. drew

    giant industrial toilet float

    December 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      ROFL!

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

      Indeed!

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

      With as large as it is, I dont wanna see the Alien that uses a toilet that big..

      December 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JJ

    Isn't it obvious? It's Sputnik finally coming back to Earth.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • I know what it is

      you were thinking exactly what I was. google up sputnik and you can see the center ring... Next as the antenna come into the atmosphere they burn up that is the streaks. when one antenna burns it rotates due to new weight distribution so the other antenna are burning back the other direction..the other knobs were where a thicker piece was connected. If you xray it then you will see the insides. This may not have been but one of the failed ones stuck in space...there is so much junk out there...Hell we loose a buck of projectiles in space all the time...eventually they land.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Luke

    It's a piece of the Death Star, it has been floating around in space for a long long time in a galaxy far far away.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      Now it's landed on a planet really, really close, in a galaxy that we live in.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fr. Seamus

    Is this the best you can do in this joyous season?

    December 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      If the best reason you can come up with to be festive is to perpetrate some ancient mythology, you're simply a fool.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      "Perpetrate" should have been "perpetuate".

      December 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Seamus

      Why are you so angry, Anita? Did someone hurt you?

      December 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      I'm not angry, but you are delusional.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      festivus for the rest of us

      December 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alien6763

    It's obviously an alien thing.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Wizard of Oz

    It's a polished cannon ball that traveled through time. Duh.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Maybe part of the Columbia Shuttle? The explosion could have blown it far out into an elliptical orbit, and it finally fell back.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    It's a frigg'n tank. Duh!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul Bunyun

    Wow, maybe it is filled with alien microbes that will help them weather our bacteria when they invade.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Luke

    Be careful, it could be a thermal detonator.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RixR

    Giant Cherry Pits of the Gods... 🙂

    December 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. eltrip

    The gods must be crazy.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anita Bleaujob

    It's from SATAN!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Christopher Boss from Ft Myers, Florida

    SPACEJUNK! I wish it would make the northern hemisphere. SCRAPMETAL! send the gold.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. VV

    Not a mystery. Just a serious case of airlines food indigestion and constipation flushed out of the lavatory at 30K feet above Namibia and hardened by oxidation on the way down to Earth. I shouldn't have tried that funny looking cheese bag for $7.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
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