the center of the galaxy
Often as proper name the Core.
Hautamaki pointed at the sky above them, at the star-filled sweep of the Milky Way, burning with massed stars. ‘There, far out there on the other side of the core, roughly half way around the lens of the galaxy.’
But the Core! Ignoring refueling and reprovisioning problems, my old ship could have reached the galaxy’s core in three hundred years. No known species had ever seen the Core! It hid behind layer on layer of tenuous gas and dust clouds.
I heard the Spicans are thinking about sending another expedition to the Core…. It'll take years and years.
The Keilor-Vincicoff Organization ran the ’faces in the more populated sectors of the Expansion, but in the Core and out on the Rim the operation was conducted by smaller companies.
Somehow, as if through a great magnifying lens, or a porthole looking into a wormhole, it provided a close but distorted look at the Core, the Galaxy’s great glowing heart, which through the normal paths of space, or even flight-space, would be thousands of light-years distant, a journey occupying standard months, if conditions obtaining along the route would allow it to be made at all.
There were indications from scouting ships that the Blobs were planning on attacking towards the Core worlds with a large fleet.
But the line of advance was the question. While Earth and the Core might not care, the Islendian Republic didn’t wish to be the route used.
Harry Harrison, "Final Encounter"
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