The Galactic whirlpool was a spacial anomaly. It was a maelstrom caused by Polo's Bolos, two orbiting black holes located 15 light years from Ellison's Star.

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Orbital patterns of the two singularities produced an enormously destructive effect through space like a propeller through water. Over time the gravimetric disruptions had churned thousands of stellar objects, including a trio of neutron stars in the year 2267. Its core area was four light-years across. Hard radiation was lethal six light-years away. The fabric of spacetime was dramatically curved even from a distance of ten light-years, with time dilation and other effects reaching as far away as 17 light years.

The whirlpool’s path was on a course to destroy Earth and its solar system three million years in the future.

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In 2267, the Earth colony generational ship Wanderer was 17 light-years away from Polo's Bolos, and its fusion engines needed to be fired immediately for a course-correction to avert disaster. The USS Enterprise mounted a rescue mission. (TOS novel: The Galactic Whirlpool)

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