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Google Maps expands empire all the way to Pluto

Pluto in Google Maps
You can get an annotated view of Pluto from Google Maps. (NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Google)

If you zoom way, way out on Google Maps, you can now find your way around places like Sputnik Planum, Seville Mons, Aphrodite Terra and Damascus Sulcus.

Those are destinations on Pluto, Iapetus, Venus and Enceladus, just made available for virtual exploration by the Google Maps team in cooperation with astronomical artist Björn Jónsson, NASA and the European Space Agency.

The best place to start is https://www.google.com/maps/space, which will get you situated with a choice of 17 realms to explore.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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