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Boulevard Seen from Above (Boulevard vu d’en haut), Gustave Caillebotte, 1880
Detail and whole-page gif showing the Earth’s tilt as it orbits the Sun. An appropriate picture for solstice, the point at which the Sun reaches its lowest altitude in the sky for us Northern Hemispherians on this the 21st of December. From here on out, things are looking a little brighter, at least until June. Those 23.4 degrees remain titled in the same direction as the Earth goes around the Sun, meaning the pole pointing away from the Sun while orbiting half of the year will point towards the Sun for the other half.
From Iconographic Encyclopedia of Science, Literature, and Art (1852) by Johann Georg Heck and Spencer F. Baird.
And if that name sounds familiar (like it does to anyone around here at the Smtihsonian), it’s because Spencer Fullerton Baird was the first curator named to the Smithsonian Institution and served as the second Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1878 to 1887. Smithsonian Archives has a great background on Baird, along with further reading, should you be interested.
And just for kicks, Baird with beard:
…and Baird on a cigar box:
Don’t smoke, kids.
In this second part of an interview with scholar and blogger Coral Herrera we discuss the struggle for gender equality in Latin America and the road that remains before us.