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?

Post by:
Filed under: Namibia • Space
soundoff (970 Responses)
  1. Panhead

    The Myth Busters are playing with their cannon again!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aquaboogy

    DONT OPEN IT

    ITS FULL OF SPAAACCEEE AIIIIDDDDSSS

    December 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. flopflipper

    You stick your weed in there.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nasa representative

    umm. ... It looks russian

    December 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ihavenoclue

    its the ball from star wars luke practiced with blindfolded..remember

    December 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. another person

    Yes BUT....

    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 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mick

    How exactly do we know it came from space? This doesn't all hang together.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ihavenoclue

    or one of the balls from an imperial walkers... lol

    December 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CD84

    Does anyone else find it odd that they are saying its an "unknown compound".
    What does that mean?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • agR|Ppa

      they said it's a 'known compound'

      December 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • another person

      This means the public will know nothing – ever. There is a

      December 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ihavenoclue

    wait wait... i got it ... its a baby death star..

    December 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rob

    The ayatollahs are in a dillema. Which one is god? the 'Black stone' or the 'Dirty metal ball'?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Thoma Timsim

      This is amazing... i love it http://www.facebook.com

      December 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JOregon

    It is an Alien from Mars.
    Anyone that has read Robert Heinlein's "Red Planet" knows this to be true.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Major Tom

    That's not a ball, you idi0ts. It's two metal b00bs attached to each other. Can't these noobs recognize a n!pple when they see one? IT'S BOOOOOOOBS!!!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ihavenoclue

    it could be predator drone turd .. lol

    December 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. amitola76

    That just a big ol' frozen chunk of poopy!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42