What an honor to be nominated for the Dragon Loyalty Award by the Momma from A Momma’s View! The Momma is one of my most loyal followers and I consider her a friend in the blogging world. This is my first nomination for this award, so I’m excited to accept!
The rules: Continue reading
Well, isn’t that fantastic, no formal guidelines for this acceptance post! Thank you, carolschepper of Time for my thoughts… for this nomination. I’m honored and I believe I still qualify. I’ll just post the usual rules:
- Put the Liebster Award logo on your blog. ✓
- Answer the questions given and then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominees. ✓
- Nominate other blogs, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post. ✓
- No tag-backs. ✓
The questions I’ve been asked are quite fun… Continue reading
I already had the Versatile Blogger Award logo, but I like the size of this one much better! Thank you, Momma from A Momma’s View, for nominating me for this wonderful award! I consider this a huge compliment, as one of my original purposes for this blog was to be versatile. And I apologize to all you nominees for taking so darn long to find time for this post!
First, the rules: Continue reading
Wow—nominated again! This time, I have S. B. Mazing (Author S B Mazing) to thank for it! I’ve got to say, aside from the Real Neat Blog Award, which I was nominated for very recently (see this post), this is one of the most fitting awards I can think of for my blog. And it’s also something I worried about in the beginning—do I blog about so many subjects that I could push readers away? Many bloggers have reassured me that it doesn’t work that way, and apparently they’re right. I just got an award for it. Didn’t even know this one existed!
So, let’s see what I’m going to have to do for this one… Continue reading
I’ve been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award. I’ll just say it right now: I’ve never been nominated for a blogging award before. So this is pretty cool. Not only is the Real Neat Blog Award the award I’d want if I did get one, the questions I have to answer in order to accept are ones that I’ll have fun answering. However, before we get to me, it’s time I addressed those that I have painstakingly chosen for nomination. If you don’t want the award, that’s all right. You don’t need to accept. But if you do, enjoy! Continue reading
The ecliptic, as astronomers call it, is the apparent path of the sun against the background of the stars in the sky.
It’s useful because it tells us how to find the planets in the sky. They can be hard to spot if you don’t know where to look, but they will always be somewhere along one imaginary line that arcs across the sky—the ecliptic.
This pattern never changes. The planets don’t follow the ecliptic exactly, but it’s useful for getting an idea of where they should be.
But why does it work—and what exactly does it mean, when it’s obvious we can’t see the sun among the stars of the night sky? Continue reading
Posted in Astronomy
Tagged Astronomy, constellations, Earth, ecliptic, Jupiter, looking east, looking west, Mercury, night sky, planets, solar system, stars, the sun, Venus
We have a bit of a shorter post today—I thought precession warranted its own post, before I go on to talking about the ecliptic.
Precession is refers to the way Earth wobbles around on its axis, a bit like a top. This motion is caused by the sun and moon’s gravity tugging on the planet, and is key to understanding how many ancient cultures viewed the sky.
So what is precession, exactly? Continue reading
Posted in Astronomy
Tagged ancient civilizations, archaeoastronomy, Astronomy, climate, equatorial bulge, gravitational forces, North Star, Polaris, precession, Thuban, Vega