2013-04-22

If the Milky Way galaxy is treated as a single body, what velocity would equation 1 predict it to have? Using the values from Wikipedia ( total mass: 1.2×10^12 solar masses, diameter: 1.1 kilo light years) gives a total velocity of 780 km/s. Measured value of rotation of stars in the outer edge is 254 km/s. As is observed in the the star chart, the calculated value is greater than the observed rotation presumably due to a large revolving velocity around some other structure.