Our Home, the Milky Way. The original of this ``Portrait of the Milky Way'' is a 6 × 8 foot mural painted by Jon Lomberg at the National Air & Space Museum (© 1992 Jon Lomberg and the National Air & Space Museum). This image was downloaded from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, from whom posters of the painting may be obtained.
The portrait, painted with advice from astronomers, is intended to be scientifically accurate. It includes portraits of many real nebulae. The properties of the bar-like bulge are as inferred from COBE DIRBE images and other data.
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