Corey Goode Update | “In recent weeks, SBA Media has received information that infiltrators plan to sabotage…”

Source: Sphere Being Alliance

In recent weeks, SBA Media has received information that infiltrators plan to sabotage the Majestic Masquerade & Above Majestic movie premiere event. Being that this is a highly emotionally charged environment, we have to take the safety of our guests into account. Since we can not know the true intentions of those who threaten, regrettably and after careful consideration SBA Media feels it is our responsibility to cancel the event. We would normally just hire more security, but being that this is a costume party it makes it difficult to police the environment properly and offer our guests the safety they deserve.

The Film Above Majestic and SBA Graphic Novel represent Disclosure information entering the slipstream of the mass consciousness, so naturally we expected attacks from the general public regarding the topics being discussed, what we didn’t expect was these attacks to come with in our own community. One must wonder WHY such an organized concerted effort to attack the Graphic Novel and Above Majestic are happening and who/what is behind this mobilized front.

We are asking everyone who would like to support Above Majestic to hold their own premiere event in their homes and invite friends, family and neighbors, and use the film as a platform for discussion. We are also asking everyone to spend time on Halloween in support of a mass meditation to counter the dark energy being harvested during the evening globally.

In an effort to stop the attempts to further divide the community using the topics of trademarks SBA Media has also made the decision to not pursue the ‘SSP’ trademark. By choosing to not pursue this trademark it is our hope to offer healing and peace to the current tensions and growing misinformation that such trademarks could be used to “Stop Disclosure”.

SBA Media had never attempted to trademark the words ‘Secret Space Program’ nor were we intending on using the trademark to control disclosure. I only wish to protect the details specific to my testimony and key phrases that I coined in the process of delivering it through my written updates.

As SBA works with various groups to bring this content to the mass media, we will continue to enforce our trademark and copyright protection of the SBA IP throughout the development of all of these projects. The majority of the community has made it clear that they support us in the protection of our content, the true SSP narrative as well as our mission to take my testimony and other high consciousness content to the masses.

We hope a clear understanding of our future plans and intentions has a calming effect on those in the community that were intentionally misled and triggered. We hope the gesture of abandoning our rights to the SSP trademark is one that can encourage healing and unification in our community.

It is with great disappointment that we have had to choose to cancel our event in Boulder, but we feel this decision is the safest for our community. We look forward to the Mass Meditation Initiative in Washington DC, on November 11th . What brings us together is the desire for Full Disclosure. While we all forge our way through the chaos of what has never been done before, it is our hope that our common unity will always be greater than what attempts to divide us.

Unity in the Community on 11-11….. Grassroots Style!!! Join the Meditations with the Corey Goode and Cobra teams!!

 

Please accept our invitation to participate in the upcoming 11/11/18 mass meditations at 11:11 AM EST and 2:00 PM EST!

At 11:11 AM EST – A MEDITATION TO CLEAR THE ENERGETIC PLANES AND OPEN THE WAY FOR FULL DISCLOSURE

Guided meditation in English:

https://youtu.be/CKlL9hGvF_w

Guided Meditation Playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSsIlAdZAHGcS-nirbcEqKdexE_XeXA8w

At 2:00 PM EST – A GUIDED MEDITATION WITH COREY GOODE FOR FULL DISCLOSURE NOW

DisclosureFest LIVESTREAM at 2 PM Eastern Time/ 7PM GMT on 11/11:

http://disclosurefest.org/live/

AND TO JOIN THE 144K MEDITATION GROUP

….for an additional and powerful clearing of the energetic planes on 11/11….

……and for CONSISTENT monthly mass meditations to liberate this planet:

https://www.144kactivated.org

 

 

You can find the automatic time zone conversions for your location at the links below:

11:11 AM EST:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=11%2F11%2F18+11%3A11+AM+EST+Mass+Meditation&iso=20181111T1111&p1=263

2:00 PM EST:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=11%2F11%2F18+2%3A00+PM+EST+Mass+Meditation&iso=20181111T14&p1=263

For more information about these meditations please visit the following link:

 https://gatewaytovictory.wordpress.com/the-111111-liberation-of-humanity-meditation-event/

Extensive interview about the impact of this Unified Meditation on 11-11 on

Ground Crew Command Radio.

“The power of the mind has been stressed many times in my work. If one mind is powerful imagine the power of group mind – power that is not only multiplied, it is squared. The power of group mind can truly create miracles.”

-Dolores Cannon     

Let’s make something great happen on this great day everyone!

Dissolving the Negative Ego

Source: Calm Down Mind

Here I am using “negative ego” as a term, I am not using “negative” as an adjective to define ego. The ego is basically the “I” reference in our physicality, and inherently it’s essential for our physical existence to have a structure, meaning and perspective.

The problem is basically with the negativity that creeps into the ego structure owing to garnering negative perception. With time, the ego structure keeps growing in the strength of its negativity to the point where it acquires a very powerful standing in your being. It becomes an “entity” that has a voice of its own, it’s like a negative person living inside you.

It’s very normal to take this “negative ego” to be who we are, and this becomes very dangerous because now we start protecting this structure in us – we become attached to it.

We fear its dissolution, we defend it, repair it, attract people who can keep fueling it and basically keep away from anyone who might cause it to be brought down (have you noticed a part of you that just hates this whole “alignment” process and basically wants to defend its right to be negative).

Why dissolving your negative ego is so hard

Dissolving the negative ego is one of the most challenging experiences one goes through during the process of alignment, it’s much more challenging that the release of “past” negative energy accumulation in our body/being.

The reason it’s challenging is because we take ourselves to be the negative ego and so its dissolution feels like our own dissolution, or a psychological suicide – it’s literally a death of a certain personality in us, a certain identity that we took to be who we are.

And the fact is that only after the dissolution of a large part of the negative ego do we start glimpsing that it’s not who we are – there is a lot of joy in this realization, but the process of allowing the dissolution of this negative ego, till this point, is a work of understanding.

Without proper understanding it’s really easy to hold onto to this negative ego, and keep defending it as who you are.

It’s tricky business because the “negative ego” becomes such a strong identity in your brain that it starts protecting it as a necessary part of survival, and anything that’s threatening its dissolution is taken to be the enemy.

It’s so easy to see this in people (especially the intellectual ones), how they come up with some really clever arguments to defend the presence of the negative ego, for most others the argument always is that “it’s too damn tough to let go of it”.

What drives the negative ego?

The part in you that always finds a way to be unhappy is the negative ego, period.

The negative ego can’t be happy for long even though it does promise you that it will be happy if only it has “——-” (fill in the blanks).

Actually, the negative ego clings to the desire produced in the moment, and uses it as a means to feel even more unhappy by stating that “I don’t have this, and I won’t be happy until I have this”. So the desire by itself is not the problem, the problem is that the negative ego clings to it and makes it into a new reason for being unhappy.

In fact, it also starts feeling negative about the desire, it starts doubting the desire and uses it as a means to proclaim unworthiness delving into throes of self-pity, blame, resentment, anxiety and anger. I am sure this is a good enough description for you to see this entity in you – it’s so evident and its behavior is the same in all the minds.

The negative ego is fueled by your identification, your attention, your interest, your belief and your servility towards it. Without your identification, it can’t sustain itself because it’s just a “thought force”.

Why you need to dissolve the negative ego and not try to change it?

The deal is that you can’t change the negative ego into a positive one, you just need to dissolve it and the natural wholeness of your being comes to the front.

The negative ego can put on a pretense of being positive for a while, but anyone who has an iota of awareness can see through this charade – you can sense the fear behind the show of positivity.

Since the very structure of the negative ego is based on lack and fear, it can’t ever be positive, not for long. The only way towards freedom is to dissolve its force in you to the point where it’s influence becomes “zero”. This process will take time, and it can feel like a real war in your mind for a while, and it can be tiring – however the more understanding/awareness you have, the faster you allow the dissolution to be.

There can be a few surprises where you feel really certain that you are done with the negative ego only to be struck with a new episode of its “emergence” triggered by some events or some thought – you can feel flabbergasted by its intensity, and wonder if you will ever be free of it. But the deal is that when it really done, it’s really done – until then it will keep emerging. At some point you will be stable enough to not be shaken up by its emergence and you can deal with it quite easily – when you reach this point you feel a sense of “power” within you, and it’s what I call a place of inner stability.

When you lack an inner stability, when the negative ego is in the foreground, you “become” it – it’s just like being possessed, and this causes you to start believing that this is who you are, thus creating a cycle of identification and reinforcement.

People who have some awareness can always see the “real you” (or the possibility of you) below the surface of the negative ego, this is because we always carry the vibration of our “higher self” (or ideal self) within us which is evident to anyone who is sensitive to it – when you sit alone with yourself you can also sense this ideal self within you, like your inner being that just feels submerged in the layers of the negative ego.

Identifying the negative ego

The most important requirement to start dissolving the negative ego is for you to identify it in your mind.

As long as you take yourself to be the negative ego it’s not easy to dissolve it, because you will constantly keep defending it, protecting it, repairing it and pampering it. What feels like your “ideal self” is actually your true self, there is no two ways about it, and this is the self that comes to the foreground when the negative ego dissolves.

So any part of you that does not feel congruent with your sense of your ideal self is part of the negative ego. It takes some brutal honestly to really start seeing the negative ego for what it is.

Another characteristic of the negative ego, that you can identify it by is that it’s never driven purely by love mostly because it’s rooted in “lack” and love is a loss of lackful-ness. Under the influence of the negative ego, everything is made into a means to an end, a possession, a way of self-enhancement, an achievement, a means of approval/acceptance, a means of entertainment, a means of security etc, and it’s not long before it brings this tendency even to the purest forms of love.

Love, in its true form, is the only feeling which goes beyond the survival mode and it’s the most liberating feeling because when you are in love there is no “negative ego” involved – it just feels like the real you. It’s just that, it’s not long before the negative ego creeps in and basically corrupts this love in some way owing to its sense of lack. It need not even be love for a person, it could be love for a body of work, for a vision, for a desire etc, the purity of it is destroyed when it’s infiltrated by the negative ego and it becomes more or less artificial, losing its sense of depth.

A work done from love has a depth that can never be achieved by a work done as a means to an end. When you love someone for who they are without the need for possession it has a completely different depth to it. The negative ego will convince you that it’s impractical to live a life driven by love, and when you buy into this argument you basically sign up for a life of drudgery and deadness that just starts eating into you with time no matter how hard you try to cover it up with distractions.

Actually, the negative ego is really easy to identify, it’s just that in many of us it’s in such a force that we are totally taken up in it; we never consider stepping back and observing it for what it is. It’s a heavy baggage on your being to contend with the constant resistance of the negative ego.

The momentum of the negative ego causes you to fear it and you would rather give in to it rather than dis-identify from it – it’s like giving in to a bully out of the fear of being beaten up, it’s really no different. A lot of us claim that we are bullied by our mind, and it’s very true considering the fact that the negative ego is like “another person” within us, just that this person runs on the fuel of fear. Your true self, or your inner being, runs on love, that’s all that drives it and it doesn’t need love, it is love and it is self-sustaining.

The negative ego constantly “needs” love, approval, security and compassion from the outside, and it’s always on a blame game routine.

We are so taken up by the negative ego in our society that it’s almost considered “stupid” to have an integrity or an innocent honesty – being manipulative, shrewd, calculating and cold are considered worthwhile traits to imbue, it’s called “learning the ways of the world”, it doesn’t speak much about such a world.

This is one reason why people perceive it as being dangerous to be “innocent”, because the sense is that the world is filled with people ready to exploit your innocence – this obviously causes us to become even more closed, creating a strong fortress of negative ego. The only problem is that a negative ego can only attract more negative egos in your reality, there is no getting around it.

We desire a reality filled with people of integrity and innocence, but we are unwilling to have the courage to first be that ourselves (you can’t attract what you are not being) – if not outside, atleast within you align with honoring your innocence, stop trying to be so “cold” and calculative. When you see innocence, and honesty, in others honor it, instead of trying to exploit it to your benefit or putting it down – a lack based, and cynical, mindset is the hallmark of a negative ego.

Disintegrating the negative ego

Poison for the negative ego is when you are no longer identified with it – it takes time, and it’s a war in its own right, a war between your inner being and your negative ego.

Just that the way of the inner being is the way of a peaceful warrior – it wins by “allowing” fully. The mind feels like a battlefield for a while when you start disengaging from the negative ego – emotional blackmails, stark threats, projected doom are the ways in which the negative ego will try to pull back your identification, it will want to survive at all costs and the only way it can survive is by pulling your identification.

Of course, the moment you become aware of the negative ego is basically its death knoll, this awareness ensures that you will see it for what it is even if you become pulled in it by it – with time you will be able to see through most of its gimmicks to the point where you are no longer taken in by it. Awareness comes from understanding and honest observation, and it’s the only force that can free you of the grip of negative ego.

An important understanding is to realize that the dissolution of the negative ego does not happen through “fighting it” but by allowing it fearlessly without identification – if you fight it by trying to suppress it or hating on it, it just fuels it indirectly.

When you allow the momentum of the negative ego, in you, to dissolve (through the state of allowing), you will start seeing glimpses of your inner being come to the forefront. Initially they are just temporary glimpses and it leaves you with a sense that may be it’s not you, that it’s just some “experience” of goodness, but with time you will sense this inner being becoming you (it was always you to start with) in this physical expression, with no “gap” – it no longer feels like there are two of you, you just feel unified and whole. This is an end of conflicted behavior and resistance, allowing a harmonious expression to follow.

Once you start getting a glimpse of your inner being coming to the forefront, the negative ego can feel even more suffocating, and it’s a good thing, because it allows you to let go of it more easily. You must understand that it’s pure “physics” that this force built over years will take time to ebb away.

However, the advantage is that without your identification it burns away in short time (an approximation would be that it would take 4-6 months to sense inner stability and after that some more months to see a total dissolution) since it’s not supported by your life-stream as it were. Of course, if you keep identifying with the negative ego, it just takes more time to dissolve it – so it’s also a question of attitude.

It’s not an easy journey but it’s a journey that you can’t avoid for long because there is bound to come a point where the negative ego hits the threshold of imbalance, creating suffering which directly triggers the need for growth. When I say it’s not an easy journey I just mean that it can be physically fatiguing to deal with this intense play of energy (the negative ego has a strong force) within you, to go through a period of feeling a bit “dysfunctional” because you are in a limbo between the negative ego and the inner being, to see several parts of your external reality (that were fueled by the negative ego) dissolving, to deal with the fear of uncertainty created by being in this limbo.

Frankly, this journey is one of the best adventures you can ever be on, it’s something you wish you could avoid when you are going through it but something you know you didn’t want to miss when you are done with it. It leaves you a different person.

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There is Panic Among the Oligarchs That Trump May Turn the Election — Dangerous Diversions Are Appearing Everywhere

Source: LaRouche PAC

President Donald Trump is fully deployed to assure that the “Impeachment Party” — once known as the Democratic Party — is denied their effort to take over the Congress and launch an impeachment. He has held 12 rallies across the country in support of Republican candidates, repeating everywhere that a vote for Democrats this year is a vote against himself. He plans to hold 10 more rallies in the final days preceding the election on Nov. 6. Although he seldom engaged the press in his first two years, in the past three weeks he has held numerous press conferences and interviews, fully confident and determined in his role as President. The LaRouchePAC-sponsored Independent Congressional candidacies in Texas and South Dakota of Kesha Rogers and Ron Wieczorek are rallying people around the country, regardless of party affiliation, to defend the nation against the British-orchestrated coup attempt, and organizing Americans to back Trump’s intention to establish peace and friendship with Russia and China, restore American System economic policies in the U.S., while calling on Trump to join in the new paradigm for global development represented by the Belt and Road Initiative.

The British and their assets in the U.S. are not pleased. In the past week we have seen the “caravan” of people from Honduras and Guatemala, openly mobilized and financed by George Soros’s NGOs, being driven toward the U.S. border, trying to force a showdown that they believe will undermine Trump’s resolve and public support. Even the Presidents of the these two impoverished nations have denounced the operation as a destabilization of their own countries, and created a “Safe Return” fund to entice the marchers back to their homelands. Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has offered jobs and work visas to the marchers if they would stay in Mexico.

And now we have the mail-bomb operation, with primitive pipe-bombs mailed to Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN and others — even George Soros himself — although they may have been so poorly constructed that they could not explode. CNN President Jeff Zucker immediately blamed Trump and his press spokesperson Sarah Sanders, claiming that their attacks on the press constitute an invitation for terrorist assassinations! Trump, in fact, strongly denounced the criminal acts and swore to catch the perpetrators. The {Washington Post} headlined an article: “Amid Incendiary Remarks, Targets of Trump’s Words Become Targets of Bombs.” They also denounced those who questioned the bombs as a possible “false-flag” operation, of the sort now widely recognized due to the fake chemical weapons attacks in Syria by the terrorist White Helmets.

The New York Times went so far as to publish a short story by a British pulp novelist about a Russian hit-man, with help from the U.S. Secret Service, assassinating President Trump.

These actions have a destabilizing purpose, but there is a process underway in humanity at large which can not easily be stopped. The British people have rejected the EU dictatorship, and now the same sentiment has led to a new government in Italy which is putting the health and livelihood of their citizens ahead of the unelected Brussels oligarchs. The elections of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, and Donald Trump in the U.S.A. demonstrate the old Abe Lincoln saying: You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

Most importantly, there is now more than one choice facing the citizens of the world. The “one game in town” era of IMF dictates, the “Washington Consensus,” is dead, although the dinosaurs have so far failed to concede their demise. The Belt and Road is being embraced across Asia, Africa and Ibero-America, and increasingly in both Eastern and Western Europe. This is what the Lords of the City of London and Wall Street fear most. When they heard this past week that Trump plans to meet Vladimir Putin in Paris immediately after the election, and that he is also to meet with Xi Jinping at the end of November in Argentina, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men have been deployed to prevent this affront to the British Empire’s division of the world by the upstart President of the breakaway colony across the Atlantic. But Humpty Dumpty is about to take a great fall.

It is the power of ideas which has created this mass strike ferment around the world, ideas conceived and set in motion by Lyndon LaRouche over the past half-century, finding resonance in the minds of creative people in nations around the world. These ideas have drawn on the rich classical culture of Plato and Schiller, the Confucian view of a harmonious society, the American concept of the general welfare, the scientific spark of Krafft Ehricke’s Extraterrestrial Imperative, among others. It is these universal ideas which must guide us in this moment of decision for the fate of mankind.

Reaching a Place of Total Allowing

Source: Calm Down Mind

The space of inner wholeness arises when you release most of the negative energy momentum that has been accumulated in your body/mind. The way to release this momentum is by letting go of giving new fuel to it, so that it runs purely on its past fuel which gets exhausted with time. The various ways in which you end up giving new fuel to an existing negative momentum are

– By fearing the negative feelings, and hence trying to suppress it

– By believing the negative thoughts to be true and hence giving interest to them

– By fearing the negative thoughts and “trying” to suppress them

– By “trying” to ignore the negative thought/feelings in the hopes that they will disappear (you can sense that you are trying to ignore them out of your fear of them)

– By trying to keep yourself distracted in activities to avoid the inner negativity (this is just a form of suppression)

Basically, if you notice, anything you do out of “fear” of the negativity fuels the negativity further – it’s like an indirect fuel. Also, when you believe the negativity you are directly fueling it. When you try to push away a thought or a feeling, out of fear of it, it indirectly fuels its presence in you – you stay shackled to it. Scientifically this is because when you fear something you are giving “attention” to its presence, and attention is “concentrated focus” which has the power to amplify, or give fuel, to its presence in your reality in someway. Just like when you love something you give focus to it, when you fear something you give focus to it – fear and love both pull your focus.

Don’t protect your being

The first step to being free of a negativity is to stop fearing its presence. The only way you can do this is by consciously allowing it to arise in you – be it a feeling or a thought, without trying to get rid of it. You may think that if you allow it then it will take over your life or that it will manifest in some form, but this is a misunderstanding. In truth, life-energy being pure positive in its natural vibration cannot hold a negative vibration unless you are fueling it with your personal focus. So, when you stay open to allowing it, you are not giving any “concentrated focus” to it, and hence the negative energy gets dissolved as it’s not sustained by life-energy.

The act of allowing is free of fear, and hence the negativity does not get the fuel of your fear to sustain itself. Total allowing is total letting go because you are no longer holding on to any way of protecting yourself against what arises as a feeling or a thought – for me one of the best pointers for letting go came from a teacher called Mooji when he said “Don’t try to protect your being, it’s un-harm-able”. Only when you let go of trying to protect yourself, from your feelings and thoughts, do you realize the spaciousness of your being – when you are trying to protect yourself against a feeling/thought your being becomes “narrow” (closed), when you let go of your defenses you become “spacious” (open). When your being is narrow, even the smallest negativity can hit you hard. When your being is spacious you are not overwhelmed by anything.

Should I be aware or should I let go?

Awareness initially can feel like active watching, because it’s like you are watching a thought or a feeling almost as an effort. This is how everyone starts off on this journey of waking up from the mind’s pull, by becoming an active watcher of their mind. It does feel like an effort initially because you are not used to being aware of your mind, since you are mostly, habitually, lost in the mind. This watching of thoughts/feelings is also a “brain activity”, because this “active awareness”, or efforted awareness, also comes from the brain – its just like you are watching something keenly, only this time the “something” is your mind, your space of thoughts and feelings, instead of the outside. This type of active awareness is needed for a while to grow in the power of awareness – this is a period where techniques are of a help, you can do these following techniques to increase the power of your awareness

– Spend time watching your mind and your feelings, without any outside distraction, may be for 15-30 minutes day

– During your day, every time you become conscious that you were lost in the mind or an outside activity, spend a minute or two being aware of your surroundings and your feeling/thought space,

– Be more aware of your body movements

– Bring awareness to your body’s energy by sensing it more keenly

You get the idea, it’s just about becoming a more acute observer of your mind, body and surroundings, so that you are not lost in a haze of activity. This awareness takes time to grow stronger because you are not habituated to being aware, you are more habituated to be pulled around by the mind. Don’t be too hard on yourself though, don’t try to pull off feats like trying to be forcefully aware for long periods, it’s not needed. Just allow your ability for awareness to keep growing slowly and steadily, it naturally takes time, you cannot become strong in your awareness overnight – usually it can take a few months on its own.

While your awareness becomes stronger, you become more keenly aware of your inner negativity, the things that were suppressed in you as well as the negative momentum in your mind. It can feel a bit overwhelming to become aware of so much negativity. This is the time when you start “letting go”, and allowing, instead of trying to be aware. You consciously relax, and allow the negativity in the space of relaxed awareness, you are no longer trying to be “keenly aware”, your awareness just become relaxed and you allow the negativity the space to arise – only when you allow this space can it be dissolved, or released, because in this space the negativity gets touched by the wholeness of life-energy. At one point, you stop “trying” to be aware, you just become naturally open and spacious, this is when you start sensing the inner wholeness and feel stable in your being.

So in summary this how the phase moves

Efforted awareness – Relaxed awareness – Total allowing

The state of “total allowing” means you are no longer in any fear of the negativity, this is a state of total letting go because there is no sense of making an effort to let go or be aware, you are truly not bothered by it – not as a means of denial like “I don’t care” but as an unconditionally open space of “I am not afraid”. The state of being “just open” takes time and it comes naturally, you can’t pretend or fake it, it’s the natural state of being without resistance to life.

Mysterious Blue Space Rock is Neither Comet nor Asteroid

Source: Mysterious Universe

It started with ‘Oumuamua, the first known space rock from another galaxy to visit our solar system and get close enough to observe … albeit after it had already swung around the Sun and was on its way back to whence it came. At first it was classified as a comet, C/2017 U1; then, as its oblong shape became apparent, it was speculated by some to be a space ship; when it was found to have no tail, it was reclassified as an asteroid, A/2017U1. The latest theory is that ‘Oumuamua may be a fragment of a planet blown apart by a dying star. While the arguments still rage over ‘Oumuamua, a new space rock has entered the discussion because it’s acting like a comet, an asteroid and a blue ‘something else’.

This strange space rock is 1983 TB, which should immediately tell you that it was discovered in 1983, so it’s not really new. It’s better known as 3200 Phaethon and was discovered by Simon F. Green and John K. Davies using data from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS), making it the first asteroid discovered using images from a spacecraft. That was just the beginning of the special nature of 3200 Phaethon. It was named after the driver of Helios’ chariot because it gets closer to the sun than any known object – half the distance of Mercury. Its annual visit coincides with the Geminid meteor shower and it was eventually proven to be the cause of it. Those last two points are cometary traits and they caused astronomers to consider a reclassification.

They got an opportunity on December 16, 2017, when Phaethon made its closest approach to Earth since 1974. According to a statement by the University of Arizona, one such astronomer is Teddy Kareta, a graduate student at the university, who presented his findings this week at the 50th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. Using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea in Hawaii and the Tillinghast telescope on Mount Hopkins in Arizona, he first looked at the most noticeably strange charactistic of Phaethon – its blue color. While it was previously thought that this meant Phaethon broke off from the larger blue asteroid Palla, Kareta found that their albedo (reflectivity) is far from matching, with Phaethon actually being only slightly brighter than coal. Kareta also discovered that Phaethon’s dark blue is consistent over its entire surface, meaning that the entire rock is burnt by its close solar pass, possibly because it gets “so hot that metals on the surface turn to goo.”

Then there’s the tail that causes the Geminids shower. Phaethon is definitely not a conventional comet since it’s not a dirty ice ball. It’s also not a conventional asteroid because they don’t have trailing debris, even after turning to goo. Kareta offers his theory.

“If it was cometary at some point in the past, maybe it made the meteor shower the normal way and left behind those comet crumbs … but since then, it’s been cooked through and turned off and it just looks like a rock.”

Asteroid, comet or something else? Kareta says “It’s probably somewhere in the middle,” but we may find out for certain when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launches DESTINY+ (Demonstration and Experiment of Space Technology for Interplanetary Voyage, Phaethon Fyby and Dust Science) on a mission to Phaethon in 2022.

In the meantime, the Dirty Ice Ball would be a great name for a winter dance party.