If a major event like a Comet striking the
earth is supposed to happen, where are the references of this momentous
event in the writings of Nostradamus? In his quatrain I.69 Nostradamus
described this event without mentioning the word 'Comet' directly.
Elsewhere, he used the word 'Comet' or 'Bearded Star' but avoided any direct
reference to the comet striking the earth. But there are many quatrains
spread all over his book, which describe the after-effects or side effects
of the comet-strike, e.g. huge and sudden floods, earthquakes, "fire from
the sky", falling of "red hail" etc. Many of these quatrains are usually
interpreted as describing the use of nuclear weapons, but a closer scrutiny
would reveal that these quatrains are referring to something more than a
nuclear war. The summary of my conclusions arrived from analyzing various
prophecies, including those of Nostradamus are somewhat like this:
The comet will appear suddenly during the World War III,
changing the course of the war. At that time, an attempt would be going on
to forge a peace treaty between the islamic coalition and the western
coalition. But after the comet strikes, the Europe will be in ruins and the
USA severely crippled, easterners will seize the opportunity to attack and
conquer all of the Europe.
It will come to view for only one to two
weeks before it crashes on earth. Scientists will not be able to detect its
approach beforehand. There will be very little to do except to try to
escape. Casualties will be in millions.
The Comet will break into several pieces
due to the gravitational pull of the Earth. The biggest piece will fall on
the ocean causing huge tidal waves. Some big pieces will fall on the land in
releasing huge amounts of dust into the atmosphere and dimming the sunlight.
It will also cause tectonic and volcanic activities in Europe and elsewhere.
Although Nostradamus speaks about Europe only, it is a forgone conclusion
that the damage will not be limited to Europe only. Due to the earth's
rotating motion, pieces will fall all over the earth, including the USA.
Somehow, the Arab countries seem to escape the destruction. Most of the
damage, as described by Nostradamus, are concentrated within the northern
hemisphere and within 40 to 50 degrees latitude.
For several days, smaller burning pieces,
broken off from the Comet will plunge through the atmosphere in a continuous
stream causing huge fires in various cities and forests, thereby destroying
them. This is the 'fire from the sky". Waters in rivers and sea will be
polluted as a result.
The comet will be red in color. This is
the cause of "Red hail" covering the earth. I was surprised as to how a
Comet can be red in color. However, a search of the internet revealed that
there is a class of Comets called the "Centaurs" which
amazingly red in color. The first such comet which was discovered was called
"Chiron". There are also comets in the Kuiper-belt which are even redder
than the sun. The red color of the comet and its long tail will give the
impression that it is burning, even before it enters the earth's atmosphere.
Those interested in the scientific reasons behind the redness of these
comets can read the papers:
redness of the Kuiper-class objects and
The composition of Centaur 5145 Pholus
(.pdf file - 493 KB).
entire websites devoted to the theme of comets hitting the earth. But most
notable is a website by Barry Warmkessel at
among other things, feature a comprehensive paper on the probable places on
the earth where the pieces of the comet will fall, based on the various
prophecies, including those of Nostradamus. This site is highly recommended
for readers who wants to explore the issue of the impending comet-strike
The quatrains of Nostradamus which indicate
the Comet-strike and its after-effects are given below:
Very near Auch, Lectoure and Mirande great fire will
fall from the sky for three nights: the cause will appear both stupefying
and marvelous: very soon after, the earth will tremble. -
This quatrain describes the hail of burning meteorites
from the broken up comet falling on towns in South-Western France. This is
before the big chunks hit the earth. The cause is indeed "stupefying and
marvelous" for never before in recorded history has such a thing happened in
the world. The trembling of the earth occurs soon afterwards, when the big pieces
of the comet strike the earth and the sea.
The great mountain, seven stadia round, after peace, war, famine, flooding.
It will spread far, drowning great countries, even antiquities and their
great foundations - I.69
Here is the actual description of the
Comet and its size before breaking up. The tidal waves created by the strike of the comet in the sea
will spread far, flooding many countries. It is also indicated that war will
take place just after the disaster.
The Moon obscured in deep gloom, her brother passes
with rusty color: The great one hidden for a long time under the shadows
will hold the blade in the bloody wound. - I.84
As a result of the dust that will rise in
the atmosphere after large pieces of the comet strike the land, the moon
will be obscured and the rays of the sun will diminish, giving it a dull red
color. The eastern forces, on the receiving end when the WW-III started,
will strike back immediately, seizing this God-given opportunity and taking advantage of the destruction of the
western forces and their countries after the comet-strike disaster.
Because of the solar heat on the sea of Negrepont the
fishes half cooked: The inhabitants will eat them, when there is a lack of
food in Rhodes and Genoa.- II.3
After the comet strike, food will be
scarce in Italy. Burning comet fragments will fall into the sea around
Negrepont, killing all aquatic life. People will be forced to eat the dead
fish, half-cooked in the boiling water by the immense heat generated by the
burning comet fragments.
Shortly before the monarch is assassinated, Castor and
Pollux in the ship, bearded star: The public treasure emptied by land and
sea, Pisa, Asti, Terrara, Turin are forbidden lands -
Around the time of the appearance of the comet, a notable leader, probably
from Italy, will be assassinated. Castor & Pollux in the ship indicates that
there will be twins in the Papacy i.e. there will be two rival Popes as
indicated in many other prophecies. After the comet-strike, the tidal waves
will destroy many Italian cities. Whatever is left will be taken away by the
invading eastern forces.
New, impetuous and sudden rain will suddenly halt two
armies. Celestial stone, fires make the sea stony, the death of seven by
land and sea sudden - II.18
The celestial stone, i.e. the comet and
its burning pieces will rain all over the sea and land. This sudden disaster
will temporarily halt the World War due to deaths of leaders due to the
The aimless army of Europe will depart, collecting
itself near the submerged isle: The D'Arton fleet will bend the phalanx, at
the navel of the world a greater voice substituted.-II.22
The submerged island is Great Britain,
which is submerged as a result of the tidal waves generated by the
comet-strike. This reference is also found in other quatrains. The remains
of the "aimless" army, probably the NATO forces (D'Arton may be an anagram
of NATO) will gather around the submerged Great Britain after suffering
great losses as a result of the comet disaster and will probably depart for
the USA. The navel of the world - Rome, will be taken over by the eastern
forces. But this might also refer to the anti-pope who will remain there
after the Pope flees.
The great star
will burn for seven days and the cloud will make the sun appear double. The large mastiff
will howl all night when the great pontiff changes his abode -
In all likelihood "the great star" burning for seven days is
the Comet which will be seen in the sky for seven days before is strikes the
Earth. The duration is close to the "six days" mentioned in Mother Shipton's
prophecies. The comet has to be very close to the Earth to be visible in the
daylight as another "sun". Imagine what a fearsome Red Comet with
a long tail rushing towards
Earth will appear like ! This is a moment of absolute terror for the
humanity. The Pope is airlifted to safety, probably to
the USA, after scientists work out that the major impact points will be
around Europe. "The
large mastiff will howl all night" - probably indicates the continuous sound
of the siren that will sound in Rome and probably in all cities of Europe
when emergency evacuation measures are taken to move people away from
During the appearance of the bearded
star, the three great princes will be made enemies: Struck from the sky,
peace earth quaking, Po, Tiber overflowing, serpent placed upon the shore.
When the Comet ("bearded star"- the star
with beard) appears, the war will go on. This quatrain too links the
appearance of the comet with the war. Then it will strike the earth from
the sky. The water from the tidal waves will even travel inland and the
rivers will overflow as a result and earthquakes will occur. The "serpent
placed upon the shore" is the Antichrist, who will later seize the
opportunity and land in the shores of Europe and conquer it.
After great misery for mankind an even greater approaches when the great
cycle of the centuries is renewed. It will rain blood, milk, famine, war and
disease. In the sky will be seen a fire, dragging a trail of sparks -
As if the WW-III is not a misery enough
for the mankind, a Comet "fire dragging a trail of sparks" approaches from
the sky to wreck destruction by hitting the earth. The red rain is resulted
by the red dust of the comet which will rise in the atmosphere. Widespread
famine will spread because of dying crops as a result of reduced sunlight
and disease is the natural effect after such a disaster. This event takes
place at the early part of the millennium when the "great cycle of the
centuries is renewed". Pretty gloomy
picture indeed !
Mabus then will soon die, there will come
of people and beasts a horrible rout:
Then suddenly one will see vengeance, hundred, hand, thirst, hunger when the
comet will run. - II.62
The famous quatrain which generated
endless speculations about who this Mabus is. After "Mabus" -
probably an Islamic leader dies, the Comet will arrive
and strike the earth. Eastern forces will seize the opportunity provided by
the chaos to take the revenge for the death of "Mabus" and attack
Europe as is also indicated elsewhere. In the Europe, ravaged by the
comet-strike, thirst, hunger and death will prevail.
The dart from the sky will make its journey, deaths while
speaking: great execution. The stone in the tree, the proud nation brought
down, noise, rumor of a human monster, purge and expiation.
The "dart from the sky" is the comet. When
its coming, some kind of talks (speaking) to stop the WW-III will be going
on. "The stone in the tree" probably means that parts of the comet will
strike forests. I have a hunch that the "proud nation" means the USA. if so,
this means that USA will be brought down economically as well as militarily
as a result of the comet disaster. This perhaps explains why the eastern
forces will manage to invade and conquer Europe. The rumor of a human
monster refers to the rumor among the Islamic forces that the Anti-Christ or
"al-Dajjal" has appeared amongst them. This has been mentioned in the
Islamic prophecies - The
Prophet (S) said, "You will fight the Romans, and Believers from the
Hijaz will fight them after you, until Allah enables them to conquer
Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) and Rome with Tasbih and Takirr (saying "Subhdn Allah"
and "Allahu Akbar"). Its fortifications will collapse, and they will
obtain booty the like of which has never been seen, so that they will
share it out by scooping it up with their shields. Then someone will
cry, 'O Muslims! the Dajjal is in your country, with your families',
and the people will leave the wealth. Anyone who takes notice will
regret it and anyone who ignores it will regret it. They will ask,
'Who shouted?' but they will not know who he is. They will say, 'Send
a vanguard to Ilya'. If the Dajjal has appeared, you will hear about
his deeds.' So they will go and see, and if they see that everything
is normal, they will say, 'No-one would give a shout like that for no
reason, so let us go together to Ilya'.' If we find the Dajjal there
we will fight him together, until Allah decides between us and him. If
we do not find the Dajjal, we will go back to our country and our
Through fire from the
sky the city almost burned: The floods threatens Deucalion again: Sardinia
vexed by the African fleet, after Libra will leave Leo -
"Deucalion" is the Greek equivalent of
Noah and survived the great flood by building a boat when the god Zeus,
because of the wicked ways of the human race, destroyed them by flood. The "fire from sky" in
association of floods indicate that the Comet strike will result in
the flood (of similar proportions as during Noah's time) due to Tsunami waves.
Some of the burning fragments may strike cities. Soon after, Arab forces
will start attacking Europe.
At sunrise one will see
a great fire, noise and light extending towards Aquilon: Within the globe
death and one will hear cries, through steel, fire, famine, death awaiting
A description of the comet approaching to strike the earth at
the northern hemisphere with "great fire, noise and light"
during sunrise. This
disaster, coupled with the WW-III, will leave a large population of the
earth dead or dying.
Fire color of gold from the
sky seen on earth: struck by the high born one, a marvelous happening: Great
slaughter for humanity: the nephew of the great one taken, deaths of
spectators, the proud one escaped -
The "high born one" probably
refers to God. Nostradamus believes that divine action is behind the
comet-strike. There will be a large number of deaths. A nephew of a notable
person will die in the disaster. A piece will also fall on the spectators
gathering to watch the splendor of comet-pieces falling to earth, leading to
their death. A notable leader - the "proud one" will escape such a fate.
torch will be seen in the sky at night near the end and beginning of the
Rhone: Famine, steel: the relief provided late, Persia turns to invade
Macedonia - II.96
The "burning torch" is probably parts of the broken up comet
approaching the ground. War and famine will lead to deaths. Shortly
afterwards, the Islamic forces from Iran will invade Macedonia.
Great Britain comprising England will come to be flooded very high by
waters. The new League of Ausonia will make war, So that they will come to
strive against them. - III.70
After a large comet fragment strikes the sea, probably
Atlantic Ocean, huge tidal waves will flood many parts of Great Britain.
When the eastern forces attack Italy later, a coalition of the western
forces, including Britain will try to resist them.
swallow the burning sun in the throat, the Tuscan land sprinkled with human
blood, the leader leads his son away, the pail of water, a captive lady led
into Turkish lands - IV.58
Burning pieces of the comet will strike Italy, killing many
people. A leader escapes but a lady, probably a politician or leader will be
captured by the invading forces and taken away as prisoner of war to Turkey.
that Saturn and Mars are equal fiery, The air very dry, parched, long meteor:
Through secret fires a great place blazing from burning heat, Little rain,
warm wind, wars, incursions. - IV.67
The "long meteor" is the comet. Heat from the burning
fragments will parch the lands. As a result, the weather will change as warm
and dry winds diminish any chance of rain. The war and attack by the enemy
will resume soon after.
Fire will fall
from the sky on to the royal building when the light of war is weakened. For
seven months a great war, people dead through evil, Rouen and Evreux will
not fail the king - IV.100
The burning comet will strike the earth just when some sort
of peace treaty was being negotiated to end the World War III and there was
a lull in the fight. But after the comet strikes, the Islamic alliance,
seizing the opportunity, will attack Europe with full force and the resulting
war will go on for seven months killing many people.
all is good, all well abundant, in Sun and Moon its ruin approaches. It
comes from heaven as you boast of your fortune, in the same state as the
seventh rock - V.32
I think in this quatrain Nostradamus speaks of the USA. But
as they boast of their abundance and good fortune, the Comet comes from the
heaven to ruin the country and its economy and leave it in a desolated state
as the seventh rock of apocalypse.
Too long a stay for the
English chief at Nīmes, Towards Spain Redbeard to the rescue: Many will die
by war opened that day, When a bearded star will fall in Artois. -
piece of the comet will fall in Artois when the war is already going on. The
British will be fighting in France and Spain.
At the 48th degree of the climacteric, the end of Cancer there is a
very drought. Fish in the sea, river and the lake boiled hectic, Bearn &
Bigorre in distress from fire in the sky
Burning Comet fragments will fall in France around the 48th
degree parallel. "Fire in the sky" from burning comet fragments will
fall on cities of France and on the sea, rivers and lakes, killing aquatic
incendiary trapped in his own fire; fire from the sky at Carcassonne and the
Comminges: Foix, Auch, Mazčres, the high old man escaped, Through those of
Hesse and Thuringia, and some Saxons. - V.100
Yet another reference of the "fire from the sky" falling on
various cities of South Western France. This description seems to be
recurring in various quatrains - indication of its widespread nature. The
event is also correlated with the ongoing war.
and five degrees the sky will burn, Fire to approach the great new city: In
an instant a great scattered flame will leap up, When one will want to
demand proof of the Normans. - VI.97
This may indicate that USA will not escape the death and
destruction of Europe either, due to the comet-strike. New York city is
situated at 40.5 degrees. When a burning fragment of the comet strikes the
city, a huge flame will leap up. The issue regarding France is not clear at
and Auch and around Mirande, I see fire from the sky which encompasses them.
Sun and Mars conjoined in Leo, then at Marmande, lightning, great hail, a
wall falls into the Garonne. - VIII.2
French cities are engulfed by "Fire from the sky" and "great
hail" and lightning. Nostradamus probably tells here of the fragments of the
comet which falls on the land. The description is similar to the "hail and
fire" mentioned in the Biblical Revelations. An astrological
conjunction has been provided in the quatrain, which, however occurs quite
frequently and does not help us derive the precise time of this event. In
the next few years Sun and Mars will be in Leo during the following periods
- 10th August 2004 to 16th September 2004 ; 10th August 2006 to 26th August
2006 ; 7th September 2015 to 17th September 2015 ; 18th August 2017 to 16th
September 2017, Aug-Sep 2019 etc.
stench will come from Lausanne, but they will not know its origin, they will
put out all people from distant places, fire seen in the sky, a foreign
nation defeated. - VIII.9
The stench from Lausanne might be a result of some chemical
or biological weapon released during the war by the eastern forces. The
"fire in the sky" describes the comet-strike as usual. The foreign nation -
the Islamic alliance will be defeated later.
place where HIERON has his ship built, there will be such a great sudden
flood, that one will not have a place nor land to fall upon, the waves rise to the Olympic Fesulan.
Hieron or Hiero-II was the ruler of Syracuse (in the Italian
island of Sicily) around 270 BC. He had a great ship named "Syracusia" built
in Syracuse. It appears that a sudden flood of huge proportions will engulf
Sicily. The water would reach upto Faesulae (Fiesole in Italy), which is 970
feet (almost 300 metres) above sea level in the Valdarno Fiorentino Hills. If sea water can reach such a
height suddenly, such that there will not be any "land to fall upon", then
this must be caused by a huge tidal wave or Tsunami resulting from the Comet striking
the Mediterranean Ocean.
antichrist very soon annihilates the three, twenty-seven years his war will
last. The unbelievers are dead, captive, exiled; with blood, human bodies,
water and red hail covering the earth.-VIII.77
This quatrain associates the war of the Antichrist /
World War III with the comet-strike. "Red hail" are the un-burnt pieces of
the Red Comet which will cover the earth. Water results from the tidal waves
arising out of the comet striking the sea & oceans. Huge number of deaths
will result from the war as well as from the comet strikes.
trembling of the earth at Mortara. The tin island of St. George half sunk;
Drowsy with peace, war will arise, At Easter in the temple abysses opened.
The tin island of St. George
is Great Britain, which will be half sunk due to the huge tidal waves
the comet strike. The other half - the "island" of Scotland (Highlands) will
only remain above the water. Just before the comet strike, a peace treaty
would be attempted to be negotiated. But the comet strike would change all
that. Taking advantage of the situation, the eastern forces will attack and
conquer Europe. The trembling at Mortara is probably associated with a comet
piece hitting the land there. Earthquakes will result all over Europe. The
timing is probably near Easter i.e. in April.
twentieth of Taurus the earth will tremble very mightily, It will ruin the
great theater filled: To darken and trouble air, sky and land, Then the
infidel will call upon God and saints.-IX.83
While this is commonly taken as a quatrain describing a great
earthquake, the darkness in sky and land indicate that it is more likely to
be a description of the comet-strike scenario. The darkness is due to the
rising dust in the atmosphere, blocking the sunlight and reducing
visibility. The timing here too is around April - May. The reference to the
infidel indicates the war of the Antichrist that will resume soon after with
mighty trembling in the month of May, Saturn in Capricorn, Jupiter and
Mercury in Taurus: Venus also, Cancer, Mars in Virgo, Hail will fall larger
than an egg. - X.67
Another description of the great trembling of the earth
around May, probably the comet strike. The hail of size larger than egg
indicates the falling of large comet pieces.
The year of the great seventh number accomplished, it will appear at the
time of the games of slaughter, not far from the age of the great
millennium, when the dead will come out of their graves -
As for the timing of the WW-III (the games
of slaughter) and the comet strike, it will be
after the "Year of the great Seventh number", which is seven, "not far from
the great millennium" i.e. the year 2007. By
"it will appear", Nostradamus probably means the appearance or striking of the earth by a
comet which he indicated in other quatrains and is also
mentioned in the Bible, bringing widespread devastation to the world already
at war. Thus, a comet will strike the earth when the Third World War is
From the above quatrains it can be said that although
Nostradamus does not mention in explicit terms like various other
prophecies, that a comet will hit the earth when the WW-III will be going
on, he describes the various phenomena that is consistent with such a comet
strike. He also associates these happenings with the ongoing war and his
descriptions of the event are in consonance with the description of the
events given in various other prophecies.
Scientists have been worrying about an asteroid or comet
hitting the earth ever since it became apparent that such an event may have
decimated the dinosaurs millions of years ago. After the recent incident
when the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter after breaking up into several
pieces, there has been increasing nervousness about the possibility. But
humans are ill-prepared to counter such an eventuality. In many cases,
comets and asteroids have been detected on their path away from the earth
after they have already missed the earth narrowly. In this case, the red
comet will be visible for only a few days before it hits the earth, when it
is already trapped in the gravitational pull of the earth and is spiraling
towards it. The comet also comes in the most inopportune moment, when a
large number of countries are engaged in a most vicious war. It is doubtful
whether anything could have been done even if no war was going on. But in
this case, nothing could be done except to run away and hide. Millions, if
not Billions will die as a result of the fire, tidal waves, floods,
earthquakes, volcanoes, famine and the man made war all influenced by a
single event - "The Comet-Strike".