Contact: Christine Pulliam
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Caption: This artist's illustration shows the hypervelocity star cluster HVGC-1 escaping from the supergiant elliptical galaxy M87. HVGC-1 is the first runaway star cluster discovered by astronomers. It is fated to drift through intergalactic space.
Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)
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