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Diameter of milky way is 1.0 *10^5 light years

  1. Sep 6, 2004 #1
    hey guys, i'm new to physics .. and to be frank it seems scary. :tongue:
    anyways i was wondering if anyone could help me with this:
    The diameter of milky way is 1.0 *10^5 lightyears (ly). The distance to Andromeda is about 2.0 million ly. If a scale model represents the milky ways and andromeda galaxies as dinner plates 25 cm in diameter, determine the distance between the two plates.

    thanks you guys!!!
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  3. Sep 6, 2004 #2


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  4. Sep 6, 2004 #3
    I'll give you a clue to start you off, there are about 10^16 metres per light year.
  5. Sep 6, 2004 #4


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    I don't see how that helps at all!

    lilydaisy15: your model is making 100000 ly correspond to 25 cm.
    what would 2 million= 2000000 ly correspond to?
  6. Sep 6, 2004 #5
    well don't you need to know how many metres are in a light year before you can think about how many 25 cm are in 2 million light years
  7. Sep 6, 2004 #6
    well ok, you don't, but it is better to work in the same units for stuff like this when you're new to the subject
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