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Explore Saturn’s Moons With These Interactive Maps

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On December 19, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft performed its last of many flybys over Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. For more than a decade, Cassini has been orbiting the ringed planet to give scientists a closer look at its 62 moons. In that time, the craft has studied complex weather systems, snapped thousands of images, and even discovered evidence of a global, liquid ocean beneath Enceladus’s surface.

We know more about Saturn’s moons than we ever have before, and in honor of the closing of this chapter of Cassini’s mission, The New York Times has created seven 3D, interactive maps of the planet's major moons. Users can drag their cursors to rotate the three-dimensional images and observe their various geographical regions. Each map provides a brief run-down of the selected celestial body which includes any historical context and the moon's most notable features. To give the maps a spin, you can visit the Times’s website.

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The Most Popular Christmas Candy in Each State, Mapped
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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 CandyStore.com, it breaks down the top three favorite candies in each state.

To determine which Christmas treats were the most popular, the team at CandyStore.com 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 CandyStore.com’s full results below.

Source: CandyStore.com

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This Crowdsourced Map Catalogs the World’s Vinyl Record Stores
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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.
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Map of record stores in Tokyo.
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If you don't see your go-to record store on the map, register with Discogs to make a submission.

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