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. The Death of News

    Remember when we got the news impartially, and without a "witty" question at the end of the article?

    December 23, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • MrSitcom

      Sure...I love news by robots. Never understood the logic that a news person was not supposed to have an opinion or interject their personality. You can still get news this way. You did read the article? How did that last line hurt you? Time to relax a little. Robots will be doing the news soon enough.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. jgfox

    Quick ... Don't Hesitate! The safety of the human race depends on it.

    Stand close to it and say carefully,

    "Gort, Klaatu barada nikto. Klaatu barada nikto."

    December 23, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • FoxIsBetter

      Hahaha! I'm not sure many people know where/when that quote is from but it's a good one! 🙂

      December 23, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Soulcatcher

      Klatu Verata Necktie nemmphh.

      *Reads passage fromt he book of the dead:"

      uh oh...

      December 23, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • berrr

      HAHAH ! Outstanding movie reference!

      December 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jasonme

      Uhhh that is NOT form army of darkness. I guess you're too young to realize that's from the old The Day the Earth Stood Still.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shaanan

    a wheel. the points are axles.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • specialck11

      I do believe that this sphere is some sort of bearing from an abandoned satellite or a bearing from some other piece of space junk floating around up there. They've already stated that the metal alloy is known to man, unless that is a misprint of some kind.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. sigourney weaver

    If they don't know what it is, then how do they know it's not alien?

    December 23, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. texasranger

    Chuck Norris wants his left nut back.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. ObamaJoe


    December 23, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dick M

    This is a tank float from the commode of an alien UFO.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. palustris

    That's my metal sphere I flung with my big trebuchet. I wondered where that landed...

    December 23, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Patrick Beahm

    This object did not fall from space. If it had, it would have visible scorch marks from entering Earth's atmosphere.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hear Ye

      U de rokit scientist.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      Metal doesn't always scorch. Sometimes it melts.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Williams

    Wasn't this the plot of "The Gods Must be Crazy"?

    December 23, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. kite005

    The war of the worlds starts for real.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Uncle Rico

    I told you I could throw that ball over them mountains..

    December 23, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. paul

    it's a bouy , a ocean marker , the ends tethered previously cables to other bouy,s it could have been strung with fish netting, it,s hollow and seves no other purpose,

    December 23, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Hear Ye

      No paul, it's a girl. Back to your national enquirer ...

      December 23, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. WhatsMyLine

    Goku has arrived.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. beyeenotjudged

    How do they know it fell from space? It could have been dumped there. It looks like it has been under water. Maybe it was an anchor and the handles that once had chains attached were warn down the same way rocks under water are worn down. Might be a wrecking ball.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
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