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PA Man Captures Sun “Rising” at 1:30 AM and Is Convinced It’s a “Pole Shift”

What is the sun doing up?

“I wasn’t going to post this,” reads the caption on a video a man recently took outside out of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, “but it turns out that I’m not the only one who noticed. Why did it look like sunrise at 1:30 AM in Pennsylvania? Pole shift?”

Well, let’s see.


The “pole shift” terminology here is a reference to the pseudoscientific conspiracy theory that posits that sudden, cataclysmic shifts in the Earth’s magnetic poles can be responsible for all variety of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tidal waves, heat waves, climate phenomena, etc. With that in mind, a simple early sunrise as a result of one of these so-called pole shifts seems like we’re getting off easy.

But is it even a “sunrise” in the middle of the night? Though there is certainly evidence of a glow in the sky and a more reddish tinge along the horizon, it does not resemble sunrise. Additionally, there are many explanations for such lights in the sky. The region in which this man lives, the Wyoming Valley, is known for dense and patchy cloud cover due to the combination of mountains, valleys, and the Susquehanna River. Low-lying clouds can refract even normal light pollution from street lights into unexpected directions and shapes.

Though largely rural, it is home to two small cities (Wilkes-Barre and Scranton) and many towns. There are even several event arenas and stadiums, such as the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, and PNC Field, which is home to the Minor League Baseball team the RailRiders. Any of these venues and their event lighting could be responsible for casting this glow into the sky.