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. VoipOfReason

    Looks like a diaphragm tank

    January 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. maybe

    it's an Ohio State football i think.... well traveled albeit.

    January 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. IamMartian

    So this is where one of our meatballs fell. 😀

    January 8, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. luis

    The mysterious metal ball resembles from a 1338 year art painting

    January 8, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. HaBTheory

    It's Lady Gaga making another spectacular entrance – but this time they were all out of eggs.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. EarlGrayHot

    This kind of thing is commonplace in the Southern Hemisphere? Seriously?

    January 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TerriN

      Yeah, really!!! I don't think so!! If it's so common, why did it make national news?? Gee, they must think that we are all morons and will believe anything we are told!!!

      January 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. One Nut

    It is my left testicle, please return it when you are done fondling it, yes I know it is a little lumpy but the chicks love it.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry Palms

      Not just the chicks, either.

      January 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HFM17

    (signal picked up from outer space)...:phxxzzt....smmmm....eeoeoeo.....ddxxdzzzt' (then translated)...'and the extra point is good...the Klingons win..."

    January 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. davetharave

    It's 'commonplace' and nobody knows about it ? Wow.

    January 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. just a regular guy with the power of google

    google images, satellite fuel tank. It would be nice if the media told the truth once in awhile.

    http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&biw=1280&bih=685&gbv=2&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=mM0MT73WFsbh0QH5wfDbBQ&ved=0CDsQvwUoAQ&q=satellite+fuel+tank&spell=1

    January 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Impressive

      You da man!

      January 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bellarch

    Mythbusters missed their barricade again!!

    January 11, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tommie T

    It has a very mid-60s Soviet look about it.

    January 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JB

    It's Bertrand Russell's Celestial Teapot...

    January 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seodra

      I think I just fell in love with you a little bit...

      January 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Walrus Mustache

    Sputnik II smaller, harder with bumps.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Walrus Mustache

    Bayonce's Baby Bump

    January 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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