Dragon Loyalty Award

Dragon Loyalty AwardWhat 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!

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Honored Again with the Liebster Award

Liebster Blogging AwardWell, 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

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Versatile Blogger Award—Again!


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!

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Nominated for the Liebster Award!

Liebster Blogging Award

I wasn’t actually clear on what the Liebster Award is, so I googled it and found this amazingly helpful post. All you newbies who have never heard of or received this award before, this post is for you! The purpose of the award is to promote new bloggers. The criteria for nominating bloggers, though not well-known, is that each nominee must have 3,000 or fewer followers. This number was later lowered to 200, and the writer of the post I linked to above bumped it to something in the middle: 1,000. No matter how many followers the rule allows for, I qualify, with a total 174 followers as of now. So thank you, Author S B Mazing, for nominating me. I really appreciate it. I’m not as new as I was when you nominated me, but I’m still under 200 followers!

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Sisterhood of the World Award

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I was nominated for this blogging award quite a while ago, but only now have I found time to accept it. I sure hope there aren’t expiration dates on these. Anyway, thank you, Author S B Mazing, for the honor!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award logo

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

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Nominated—Real Neat Blog Award

Real Neat Blog Award logo

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

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What’s New?

Yes—this blog is active! And I’m sticking around this time!

And I have YOU to thank for changing my mind. Read this post to find out why.

Now, to get you up to speed on what’s going on around here…

  • This post isn’t going to be up forever. Just long enough to keep you apprised of a couple of changes I’m making to this blog.
  • All content that does not reflect my brand—science—has been removed, and can be found at the Old Content Archive if you want to see it again. This link is also on my “Find Me Online” page in the menu.
  • The menu design and organization has been finalized!
  • Category names and organization have been finalized!
  • Sidebar is complete and finalized!
  • Blog Facebook page now available!
  • Science at Your Doorstep is on Twitter!
  • ALL CONTENT IS BEING SLIMMED DOWN, REORGANIZED, AND EDITED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT WRITING ABILITY. This may cut into time I would otherwise spend on posting new material.
  • This post, my last post, and my About page are currently up to date on what I’m doing with this blog, so feel free to check them out if you’re confused.
  • By all means, feel free to follow! Click the WordPress follow button or, if you don’t use WordPress, the email follow button in the sidebar!

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The Ecliptic


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

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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

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