An Interactive Map of Earth Photos Tweeted by Astronauts

There's not a lot of downtime for the astronauts on the International Space Station. When they're not busy running scientific experiments, they're getting in some exercise or doing space walks. But luckily for the earthbound, they make time to snap gorgeous photos of our planet in a way we'd otherwise never get to see them, and then post those photos on Twitter.

Now, all of those photos from ISS Expeditions 40 and 41 have been catalogued into one interactive map—created by Dave MacLean of Nova Scotia's Centre of Geographic Sciences—that allows users to easily find the photos, look at them, and discover if astronauts have snapped a space photo of their hometowns. (There are also maps for previous ISS missions; you can see 38/39 here, 36/37 here, and 34/35 here.)

The map features photos taken by the two astronauts and two cosmonauts who are currently in space: Alex Gerst, Reid Wiseman, Макс Сураев, and Oleg Artemyev. Each pin on the map is color-coded according to who did the tweeting; clicking on the pin allows you to see the photo and follow a link to the original tweet. You can also see the current location of the ISS (on a one-minute delay).

MacLean told the Daily Mail that he created the map "to enable lots of people to see the world from ISS perspective over time—and not let a tweet slip by." He notes in the map's details section that his mantra is "a picture is worth 1000 words; a map is worth 1000 pictures; a GIS is worth 1000 maps."

(H/T io9)

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The Most Popular Christmas Candy in Each State, Mapped

For those who didn’t get their full candy fix last Halloween, the holiday season provides plenty of opportunities to indulge. From candy canes to chocolate Santas, there’s something for everyone—but before splurging on sweet stocking stuffers, check out the interactive map below. Created by bulk candy retailer, it breaks down the top three favorite candies in each state.

To determine which Christmas treats were the most popular, the team at surveyed over 50,000 customers and spoke with major candy manufacturers and distributors. Not surprisingly, candy canes were a hit in numerous states, including Washington, Delaware, Vermont, Georgia, Maine, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. California, Nevada, West Virginia, and Kansas residents, however, got into the seasonal spirit with peppermint bark. North Dakota residents preferred chocolate Santas. And Alabama, Michigan, and Utah liked Jelly Belly’s Reindeer Corn.

Christmas candy sales in America are projected to rake in nearly $2 billion for confectioners, according to an estimate provided by the National Confectionary Association. Spend your holiday bonus wisely on treats everyone will appreciate by checking out’s full results below.


This Crowdsourced Map Catalogs the World’s Vinyl Record Stores

The experience of walking into a brick-and-mortar record store and browsing music by hand may seem like a relic of the past. But there are thousands of places around the world where it's still possible—check out this crowd-sourced map from VinylHub for proof.

According to a blog post on VinylHub’s sister site Discogs, the goal of the project is to eventually catalogue every record store on Earth. Community members have already added over 6500 locations to the Google-generated map, and that number continues to grow.

If you’re planning to take a vinyl-themed road trip based on this map, the U.S. is the place to travel. The country is home to nearly 1500 record stores according to the map, more than anywhere else in the world. But if you’re limiting yourself to just one city, head to Tokyo, where you’ll find at least 93 vinyl shops within city limits.

Map of all the record stores in America.

Map of record stores in Tokyo.

If you don't see your go-to record store on the map, register with Discogs to make a submission.


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