Statement of a problem № 41082


The Sun rotates around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy (Fig. 5-46) at a distance of about 30,000 light-years from the center (1 ly = 9.5 x 1015m). If it takes about 200 million years to make one rotation, estimate the mass of our Galaxy. Assume that the mass distribution of our Galaxy is concentrated mostly in a central uniform sphere. If all the stars had about the mass of our Sun (2 x 1030 kg), how many stars would there be in our Galaxy? 

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