Our solar system is filled with moons, planets, comets, and all manner of objects in space. But amidst all that bustling of activity, there's also quite a few ships and satellites out there exploring — and this chart lets you keep track of all of them.
Just how big is our solar system? This interactive graphic shows you exactly how big by putting you in the driver's seat of a rocket ship and posting all the milestones you pass along the way, from the ISS to the furthest point in space traveled to by a dog.
The highs and lows of The Hobbit are made instantaneously clear here in this nifty interactive chart, which maps out both the evolving character relationships and the emotional ups-and-downs they experience as the story unfolds.
This map, created by New Scientist, shows the size of the world's countries based on how much their emissions are contributing to climate change and global warming. You can see that some countries appear larger than they are, and some are smaller, based on emissions.
In Greek mythology, the god Zeus is perhaps best known for his wandering...ahem...lightning rod and the multitudinous offspring it produced. This massive mythological genealogy chart tracks every Olympian, demigod, and hero the thunder god was said to have sired, along with each child's mother.
Cathryn Lavery traces the evolution of Batman (or at least his bat-shaped marketing) with this poster, taking us from 1940's Batman & Robin: The Boy Wonder to the shattered bat logo from The Dark Knight Rises. She's offering limited edition prints of the poster in a variety of sizes over at Calm the Ham.
It will surprise no one that the works of J.R.R. Tolkien overwhelmingly feature male characters. After all, Peter Jackson had to invent characters in order to cast more than one actress in The Hobbit. But just how big is the Middle Earth gender gap?
"Shit" is a fairly versatile word. It can be used to refer to fecal matter, express apathy, or refer to that stuff you need to get together. Having trouble telling your hot shit from your holy shit? Stephen Wildish has helpfully classified all your shit in one handy chart.
Stephen King's characters have a habit of popping up across multiple stories, sometimes just as a quick reference, sometimes in a larger role. To help keep track of the various denizens of Derry, Castle Rock, and beyond, graphic designer Gillian James has created a handy flowchart.
The future may seem to be closer or farther off, depending on the era you're living in. That's one of the possible conclusions you can draw from this chart (embedded below), created by Stephanie Fox for io9, based on research we've done over the past month. We wanted to know whether there are historical trends in how…
The 1920s were the fledgling years of the real Golden Age of space travel, which lasted until the first few moon landings. Rockets were in all the news. Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon were every red-blooded kid's heroes at the same time Robert Goddard was being ridiculed in snarky articles in the New York Times—but…
Space epics almost always play fast and loose with science, treating the laws of physics like suggestions. But some movies dismember Newton and Einstein with way more gusto than others. Here's our report card for bad science in 18 movies.By the way, we left out because there's so much of it, even if you just…
The good people at Orbit Books have analyzed which dragon colors were most popular on the covers of fantasy books.
Mad scientists have haunted science fiction since Mary Shelley created Victor Frankenstein in the 1810s. But what kinds of research have fictional mad scientists done since? I was determined to find out. This chart shows what I discovered.
The New York Times posted a detailed infographic last year visualizing data gathered from the American Time Use Survey. Apparently, as you age, you spend less time working and more time watching TV and movies.
If you ever find yourself trapped inside a movie or a video game, you may wish you had studied Olly Moss' strategy guide poster, which offers a quick reference on the easiest ways to dispatch enemies from AT-ATs to zombies.
This supersized infographic from Koldcast TV charts superhero movies from Superman to Wolverine, examining the earning power of costumed heroes, the biggest hits and flops, and superhero firsts, as well as adding the occasional interesting factoid.