The Milky Way Inside and Out

Astronomy magazine's special issue is devoted to the science of our galaxy.
By | Published: June 22, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Tour our home galaxy with Astronomy magazine’s The Milky Way Inside and Out. This 108-page special issue features fascinating stories, discoveries, insights, and more about the Milky Way. It highlights everything you want to know about our galaxy, from the Milky Way’s core to the local neighborhood of galaxies.

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Thousands of years ago people had no idea what constituted the band of light arching across the sky. Then Galileo Galilei first looked at the Milky Way band through a simple telescope and resolved far more stars than he could see with his unaided eyes. From that point on, astronomers have worked to understand our galaxy. They’ve made great strides in the past 4 centuries, and you can read about many of those findings in this special issue.

Enjoy such topics as an introduction to our Sun’s nearest stellar neighbors, written by an expert in the field of stellar astronomy. Learn how our galaxy works, what triggers supernovae, and how astronomers have determined the Milky Way’s shape. Journey into the giant black hole in the galaxy’s heart, and then read about our galaxy’s globular star clusters. Enjoy these and nine other stories, including one about the Milky Way’s future collision with the Andromeda Galaxy.

This special issue also features a spectacular 8-page foldout by Senior Editor Richard Talcott, which includes art by space artist Lynette Cook. This foldout showcases different views of the galaxy — how astronomers think it looks from a bird’s-eye view and a more oblique view. The oblique view includes the positions of different objects, such as the Orion Nebula and Globular Cluster M13.

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