Your New Desktop Wallpaper: A Fetching Geological Map Of The Arctic

Via Natural Resources Canada comes a gorgeously detailed geological map of the Arctic, served up hot and fresh for all your wallpaper needs. » 12/11/14 2:30pm 12/11/14 2:30pm

A Realtime Map Of The Meteoroids In Earth's Sky

Curious about just how many meteoroids are streaking through the sky above you? Wonder no more with this realtime map generator that shows you exactly how to find them. » 5/20/14 4:20pm 5/20/14 4:20pm

Mapping the Moon

Selenography, the study of surface and physical features of the Moon, is a field where science meets art. From careful engravings and sketches of early observations to lunar photography, it is all gorgeous. So settle in, and enjoy some lunar eye-candy. » 4/13/14 8:02pm 4/13/14 8:02pm

Interactive Moon Map Is The Next Best Thing To Piloting Your Own Lander

You may not be able to pilot your own personal spacecraft right into a crater on the Moon yet, but this complete interactive map from NASA of the moon's north pole — the largest, most complete map of the area ever created — is pretty close. » 3/18/14 3:20pm 3/18/14 3:20pm

Compare 1836 and modern-day New York with this interactive map

Travel back in time with this interactive map of New York, which lets you take a spyglass to any part of the city and uncover what that circle of space looked like in 1836. » 9/07/13 9:30am 9/07/13 9:30am

The History of Doctor Who as a Tube Map, with a Line for Each Doctor

Crispian Jago represents the Doctor's multi-threaded history as a Tube map, with one transit line for each of the eleven doctors, and the various characters and aliens the Doctor encounters as stops. Daleks are pretty much the ultimate cosmic transfer station. » 8/10/13 7:30am 8/10/13 7:30am

An interactive map of places with slightly dirty names

Here's a delightful bit of immaturity to add to your Saturday. Geographer Gary Gale has created an interactive map pinpointing the Vaguely Rude Place Names of the World, so you'll never be lost for the location of Intercourse, Pennsylvania, or Wet Beaver Creek, Arizona. If you enjoy a little geographical innuendo,… » 2/09/13 2:00pm 2/09/13 2:00pm

Interactive Lord of the Rings timeline shows exactly where in Middle…

If you've spent hours flipping back and forth between the J.R.R. Tolkien's maps of Middle Earth and the prose in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, then take some time with Emil Johansson's interactive chronology of the series, which lets you hover over an event and see just where it took place. » 7/07/12 2:30pm 7/07/12 2:30pm

A gorgeous map of the many twisting paths taken by the Mississippi River

Feast your eyes on this stunning map of the Lower Mississippi's evolving floodplains, lifted from cartographer Harold Fisk's 1944 report, Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River. » 10/06/11 4:40pm 10/06/11 4:40pm

A helpful map of the 50,000 nearest galaxies

This awesome map shows the universe around us in the grandest scale possible, with each tiny dot representing a different galaxy. Thanks to this cosmic atlas, you'll never again mix up the Corona Borealis Supercluster with the Large Magellanic Cloud. » 6/14/11 10:59am 6/14/11 10:59am

A planetary map of the entire Star Wars universe

Say you're on Mustafar and need to swing by Endor to pick up an illicit shipment of Ewok chitterlings. Where do you go? This map from Star Wars: The Essential Atlas will show the way. [Entertainment Weekly, thanks Ryernl!] » 1/15/11 7:30am 1/15/11 7:30am

This is the most complete map of the night sky ever assembled

The most massive 3D map of the night sky has been released. It contains a trillion pixels and would require 500,000 high-definition TVs to view in its entirety. These images represent just the tiniest fraction of the full map. » 1/11/11 2:12pm 1/11/11 2:12pm

A massive cross-section map of the Walled City of Kowloon

As you may have noticed, we're obsessed with the Kowloon Walled City. Prior to the labyrinthine city's demolition, a Japanese research team drew up this huge cross-section map. It's in Japanese, but it's nonetheless astounding. [Deconcrete via William Gibson] » 1/03/11 1:30pm 1/03/11 1:30pm

A map of Earth's nations, divided into social networks

Vincenzo Cosenza has partitioned the planet according to nations' preferred social networks, and you can read more about these global trends at his site. Facebook's making inroads in Mongolia! [Spotted on Next Nature] » 12/12/10 9:30am 12/12/10 9:30am

A subway map of an underwater London, 90 years from now

To demonstrate the havoc rising sea levels would wreak on London, Practical Action has released this tube map from the year 2100. A four-meter rise in water levels on the Thames Flood Plain would result in a soggy commute indeed. » 12/11/10 9:30am 12/11/10 9:30am

Vintage Spider-Man maps lay out the geography of Peter Parker's life

Should you ever find yourself magically transported into a Spider-Man comic, it pays to know where things are should Electro appropriate your wallet. That's why you should study these various maps of Spider-Man's stomping grounds. Check out that bachelor pad! » 12/06/10 4:00pm 12/06/10 4:00pm

Maps from 1942 of the never-was Nazi invasion of North America

These diagrams from the March 2, 1942 issue of Life detailed the Nazi invasion of America shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Check out such alternate reality battles like the bombing of Detroit and invasion of Norfolk, Virginia. » 11/16/10 10:43am 11/16/10 10:43am

Mapping the Seven Kingdoms

Want to see a map of the continent of Westeros from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire? Of course you do. Also, see how Martin's fictional continent stacks up with Europe. » 11/14/10 10:30am 11/14/10 10:30am

A map of Jack Kirby's sentient dolphin utopia

It's Election Day in America. Before you vote, evaluate your candidate using this unassailable metric: will this politician make the world more or less like Jack Kirby's technocratic cetacean metroplex from Kamandi? The truth will set you free. » 11/02/10 7:00am 11/02/10 7:00am

Buy a map (of the state of California that weighs 70 tons)

One thing everyone should aspire to own is a 70-ton topographical map of the Golden State the length of two football fields. It can be yours for $500,000. » 10/30/10 1:00pm 10/30/10 1:00pm