Our Milky Way

By | Published: November 17, 2017 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
© Jon Lomberg
Astronomy magazine’s one-of-a-kind Milky Way poster shows a scientifically accurate depiction of our Milky Way Galaxy and its nearest neighbors, updated from award-winning artist Jon Lomberg’s original 1992 Portrait of the Milky Way. It reflects our current understanding of the galaxy’s structure, based on the most recent data available. You can find out more about the history of mapping our galaxy, the story behind the painting, and some of the features highlighted on the poster below.

Milky Way Finder Chart
Take a more in-depth look at the most notable objects in this landmark painting.

Northwest Passages: Captain Cook and the Orion Spiral Arm
Artist Jon Lomberg connects past explorers with current research to show how humans have long striven to map the world around us.

Milky Way Gallery
Find stunning images of several of the objects highlighted in Portrait of the Milky Way.

Milky Way eBook
Our Home: The Milky Way is a free downloadable eBook produced by Astronomy magazine collecting some of our favorite magazine features about our home galaxy.

Back by popular demand, you can order Astronomy magazine’s exclusive special issue, The Milky Way Inside and Out, and receive FREE SHIPPING today!