# What is the circumference of the Milky Way?

##### 1 Answer

Mar 22, 2018

The perimeter of an ellipse is to an approximation given by:

#### Explanation:

The Milky Way is considered to be an ellipitcal galaxy with an estimated minor axis of 100,000 light years and a major axis of 175,000 light years.

The perimeter of an ellipse is to an approximation given by:

PLug in the values and work it out.