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    Runaway Star Cluster Hurled Through Galaxy at Over 2 Million MPH

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    Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics working with researchers from Michigan State University have recently discovered a cluster of stars that was propelled in the direction of Earth traveling at speeds faster than two million miles an hour. The HVGC-1, or hypervelocity globular cluster, is a ball of light a few dozen light years across that contains thousands of stars.

    Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics working with researchers from Michigan State University have recently discovered a cluster of stars that was propelled in the direction of Earth traveling at speeds faster than two million miles an hour.

    The HVGC-1, or hypervelocity globular cluster, is a ball of light a few dozen light years across that contains thousands of stars.

    This particular cluster originated from the M87 galaxy, and experts think it will travel through the voids in space between other galaxies after leaving M87 behind and going into intergalactic space.

    A computer was used to study the movement of the thousands of globular clusters that exist in the M87 galaxy, and astronomers picked out any peculiarities to analyze them further.

    Upon closer inspection, the majority of the irregularities turned out to be computer glitches, but HVGC-1 proved to be traveling tremendously fast.

    Experts believe that the cluster was propelled to such high speeds by coming into contact with a couple of black holes that exist at the center of M87, which stripped away some of the outer stars of the cluster before catapulting it off into space.