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There are a few options here:

  • When is the end of the world?
  • When the end of the world happens?
  • When is the end of the world going?
  • When does the end of the world happen?

Any wrong options here? Maybe you have had some other variant?

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Two of these four options (and three out of the five original ones) are strikingly ungrammatical. The last one is unnecessarily cumbersome. This question is better suited for our proposed sister site for English language learners. You can support it by committing. Thank you. –  RegDwigнt Dec 21 '12 at 10:34
    
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When is the end of the world?

This is grammatically and idiomatically fine. It's standard English. Another way of saying it is:

When will the world end?

These two:

When the end of the world happens?
When is the end of the world going?

are both ungrammatical.

When does the end of the world happen?

is a special kind of question. It implies a blasé attitude, sounds ironic, and suggests as much interest as "When does the shoe store close?" It's not a normal way of asking this question. But it's perfect for asking someone who believes that the apocalypse will occur today, for example, when it's going to happen. It's mockery.

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