The hollow ball was found near a village about 480 miles from the capital Windhoek. Locals had heard several small explosions a few days beforehand.

A large metallic ball fell out of the sky on a remote grassland in Namibia. Baffled authorities have contacted NASA and the European space

Space junk?

Less than 3 weeks ago, a metal object dropped from the sky and smashed through the roof of a Massachusetts business. The metal object was obviously machine made, but the FAA confirmed that it didn’t come from any airplane — leading to speculation that it’s space junk.

The hollow ball that fell from the sky in Namibia has a circumference of 43 inches (1.1 metres). It was found near a village about 480 miles (750 kilometres) from the capital Windhoek [map], according to police forensics director Paul Ludik.

What intriguing about this case is the reports of locals having heard several small explosions a few days before finding the metal ball.

It was found 18 metres from its landing spot, a hole 33 centimeters deep and 3.8 meters wide. With a diameter of 14 inches (35 centimeters), the ball has a rough surface and appears to consist of two halves welded together, according to the article.

It weighed 13 pounds (six kilograms), and was made of a “metal alloy known to man,” the police forensics director Paul Ludik said — apparently seeking to dispel any rumors that the metal ball is of extraterrestrial origin.

The sphere was discovered mid-November, but authorities first did tests before announcing the find