Contact: Christine Pulliam
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Caption: The monstrous elliptical galaxy M87 is the home of several trillion stars, a supermassive black hole, and a family of 15,000 globular star clusters. One of those globular clusters, HVGC-1, is escaping the galaxy after being flung outward at tremendous speed.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team
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