Motivation Monday: Forms of Distraction

What distracts you from doing the things you need to do? What keeps you from moving forward? We all know the common distractions – TV, games, alcohol, social media, etc.  But when you’re working on a particular goal, things that can seem positive can actually prevent you from achieving it.  You may not realize it, but there are plenty of counterintuitive forms of distraction. Let’s say that, like myself, you are working out at the gym, and you’re built up a pretty solid routine.  You go in the morning, go to work, and have your evenings free for other pursuits.  Now...

Barnard’s Star & Why Stars Move Slowly

Whenever I give a planetarium show to an audience, I always like to let time pass quickly.  The stars appear to move, but I quickly point out that it is in fact the planet Earth turning that gives the stars their apparent motion through the night sky.  I then reassure them that stars do move, it just takes a very long time for them to move a noticeable amount.  Why is this? The above animation of Barnard’s Star is a clue.  Photographed once per year, Rick Johnson created this animation showing the movement of the small red dwarf.  Barnard’s star...