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Did Earth’s magnetic field block Harold Camping’s end of the world?

A glowing sky in Indiana

Red and pink streaks have been filling the night sky across America — spotted even in the Deep South. Does it mean that doomsday preacher Harold Camping’s often-predicted end of the world is here?

Well, actually, there was an event in space that  could have been catastrophic.

It seems Earth was hit by a “coronal mass ejection,” according to the meteorologists, astronomers and sky-gazers at spaceweather.com. Basically, the sun hurled a big blast of solar energy and gas into space — but Earth’s magnetic fields blocked it from destroying all life as we know it.

Lights in the sky over Michigan

Before you get too alarmed, the magnetic field — which also causes compass needles to point north — does this all the time.

This blast was just unusally strong — and arrived hours earlier than astronomers predicted.

In Arctic and Antarctic areas, dancing, glowing lights in the sky are ho-hum stuff, the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis here, the southern Aurora Australis down under.

Mars and earth’s moon both lack such a protective magnetic field — perhaps explaining the apparent lack of life there.

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Just like the special effects from your favorite science-fiction movie, Earth’s natural “deflector shields” held and the result was merely a fascinating glow seen as far south as Arkansas, Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi and North Carolina … but no worldwide disaster.

The Northern Lights over Alaska

The Aurora Borealis occurs when energy particles from the sun are blocked by the earth’s magnetic field. Though the particles were emitted from the sun on Saturday, they only hit earth’s atmosphere Monday night, according to the National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center.

Geir Øye, a veteran observer of the Northern Lights from Norway told spaceweather.com that this particular aurora was very powerful.

“These are the strongest and most beautiful auroras I’ve ever seen,” Øye said. “I can only imagine what the display must have been further north.”

Indeed, here’s what the light show looked like in Ontario, Canada.

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nicole

posted October 26, 2011 at 11:50 am


i think if god wanted the world to end it would of happened regardless nothing would be able to stop it. so yeah harold camping was still wrong anyway.



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Jason

posted October 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm


This preacher obviously didn’t understand the Bible verse in Matthew 24:36, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but ONLY the Father”. He is just another false prophet that Jesus even warned us about in the Bible.



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Cassandra

posted October 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm


Yes, well apparently he has retired now, but his followers are still thinking the world will end soon (before the end of the year), despite his many failed predictions.



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Donna

posted October 27, 2011 at 12:27 am


I have to agree with Jason. No one knows the hour or the day. and besides, God created this world so I what makes anybody think some magnetic field is going to stop Him from ending the world. and also there is still a whole lot of things that still need to happen yet though I do feel we are close.



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bobbski

posted October 27, 2011 at 11:27 am


“his followers are still thinking the world will end soon…”

True believers have always thought the end of the world was nigh.



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pagansister

posted November 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm


Camping will end before the world does and we’ll all be better off.



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Jennifer

posted November 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm


Harold Camping is a baby watcher, even though he is older in age. The fact remains that thousands of Christians on all the prophecy blogs have tried to come up with timelines starting in 2008 when they began getting visions and dreams from the Lord of the rapture. This is a Christian phenomenon. The Mazzaroth clearly shows the eclipses in the month of Av in 2008, 2009, 2010 were warnings for the Bride to get ready and prepare in holiness like Queen Esther. The blood moons of 2011 in the Ox (Shul) denotes the rise of the antichrist. The blood moon tetrads on Jewish Feasts in 2014/2015 tell the Jews to run for Petra. The Mazzaroth also shows that July 2019 that the marriage takes place, and then December 2020 during Hanukkah the devil is thrown into the lake of fire for 1,000 years. During June 2012 Venus goes through transit. And if you see the sign of Revelation 12 with Venus in the womb of Virgo, 12 stars at her head, the moon at her feet, and the sun at her belly, this occurred on Rosh Hashanah 9/29/2011. Venus then was birthed out of Virgo on 10/4/2011. On 11/11/11 Saturn (antichrist) was also birthed out of Virgo. So we are in a transition period before the rapture. No man knows the day or the hour, but we can see that it should happen 2011-2012.



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