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. christof

    Where you going, Truman?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Nice reference

      December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Twilight Zone

    If someone cracks it open and it is filled with green cotton candy looking stuff. DO NOT TOUCH IT.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Knoop knot knaw kna

      December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    OH LOOK! something fell from space. Never seen it in this area before. God has sent this! Lets Force this belief on everyone and bown down in its direction to pray.

    Sound familiar? yeah it happened a few centuries ago.. but in the 21st Century, Its bologne.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eradicate Islam

      I will personally KILL anyone who doesn't pray to this ball starting today. The ball has told me if I get killed doing this killing I'll get 72 BJs a week in paradise.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      @ Eradicate

      Oh wow .. i better do it. I dont want to die though... so how will i get to paradise for those b j s??

      Answer:

      Condition 1: The more you force people into this belief, the better your chances to get into paradise.
      Condition 2: The more non-believers you kill, the better your chances..
      Condition 3: Become a martyr following C1 and C2 and you are guaranteed the b j s.

      XD

      December 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocco

      Rob, you are, with a capital R, Ridiculous yourself. A condescending remark being self serving. Are you the troll to remind everyone how screwed up religion is and striking at every opportunity you get? I don't agree with a lot of religion either, but you do realize God or no God, you are spreading hate yourself. Very sad, try being positive next time if you want things to really change.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TonyOO

    come on people. this is just the makings of a Tourist Attraction....by people desperate for $$....

    December 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    It's the orb from Phantasm.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tim

    Are they pounding on it with a hammer? They should pound harder.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yea'! Or get a bigger hammer...

      December 23, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. TheBob

    Oh, so that's where that thing ended up. Holy sh_t!! It went a lot farther than I thought! Alright guys, give it back please. It's mine.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim

    The Gods Must Be Crazy. Quick take it to the end of the earth and throw it back.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dana

      Just read article @ 2014 PDT and was going to post just what you did.

      Knik knik nook nok nic ni kok knak Christmas!

      December 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RetLaEnvEmployee

    extra-ferra-testicle

    December 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scratch

    Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Magic Man

    Who knew the Mythbusters were shooting a new episode in Namibia?!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TonyOO

    It Looks Happy...

    December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Will

    We are still fighting each other, does it really matter? Who cares about a empty metal ball? we can't fix our nations but we are worried about a empty metal ball. COME ON PEOPLE!!!!!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eradicate Islam

    I will personally KILL anyone who doesn't pray to this ball starting today. The ball has told me if I get killed doing this killing I'll get 72 B_Js a week in paradise.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Petros

    I wondered where that went.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
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