The nuclear bomb, that devastatingly powerful world killer of a weapon, has been around for 70 years. The first nuclear bomb—Trinity—was detonated in a test in New Mexico in 1945, a month later the US Army dropped nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the world was never the same. Here’s an interesting visualization…
Via Natural Resources Canada comes a gorgeously detailed geological map of the Arctic, served up hot and fresh for all your wallpaper needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,…
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.
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.
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.
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!]
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.