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. Cr0we

    Wilson!!!!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cr0we

      But seriously... It's a pressure tank from a Russian rocket.

      http://www.craigdailypress.com/photos/galleries/2011/apr/09/it-fell-sky/

      December 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOregon

      This one is a bit smaller – but I think you nailed it.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. EL CHE

    Yeb, it's time for those with Tinfoil hats to be glad since they may delusionally think that they are well protected.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. another person

    Should we question why there ARE 'OFFICIALS" thas can say WHY or WHY this s not alien – and EXCATLY WHO ARE THESE OFFICIALS – CIA or NSA – Please identify yourselves.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. (Sigh)

    I find two things interesting;

    One – this thing fell from space and survived re-entry intact.

    Two – it fell from space, hit the ground and is still perfectly round.

    Common my ass.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      But not that "it fell from space"

      December 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Peter Haughwout

    I'd say, ignoring all the verbiage, it looks like St. Nick may have dropped a Christmas tree ornament!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cr0we

    http://www.craigdailypress.com/photos/galleries/2011/apr/09/it-fell-sky/

    December 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Twilight Zone

    I t must be a sign of Armagedon. It is only the begining, between now and December 21, 2012 I'm sure there will be more pieces to follow. When we put them all together we can save the world.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. avalokiteshvara

    Did you know that The Ball died for your sins? here...read this this book...it will explain everything...

    December 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dana

      good one, except that if it was really The Ball you wouldn't be able to see it.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. i2h

    sigh...not a single use of the term 'spaceball'?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Probably space junk leftover from an old satellite.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. observation

    It is a gyroscope from a satellite. The Namibian government's description of a "sophisticated" metal alloy is accurate. We don't use everyday metals in billion dollar satellites.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BigSir

    Reports of metal spheres falling from space are common in the southern hemisphere...oh, really? This sounds
    like an X-file.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fr. Seamus

    Jesus died for all of you! Let's get our priorities straight.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. r2-311

    "no cause for alarm, and that such reports of metallic spheres falling from space are common in the Southern Hemisphere."

    a sphere from the hemisphere .. geese, where did they think it came from

    December 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    Anyone from NASA care to comment?

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