An unknown force is pulling the Milky Way and other Galaxies towards it at 12 million mph


Researchers are struggling to understand WHAT is ‘pulling’ our galaxy, the Milky Way, and other galaxies towards IT at an incredible speed of 22 million kilometers per hour.

Just as the movement of tectonic plates shows the properties of the interior of the Earth, the motions of galaxies provides information about the main constituents of the Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Dark matter is an invisible material whose presence can be demonstrated only by its action on the movements of galaxies and stars, not emitting or reflecting light. Dark energy is THE mysterious force behind the universe and its acceleration.

Panoramic view of the entire near-infrared sky. The location of the Great Attractor is shown following the long blue arrow at bottom-right. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Panoramic view of the entire near-infrared sky. The location of the Great Attractor is shown following the long blue arrow at bottom-right. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Interestingly, there are many researchers that theorize about ‘Multiverses’, other universe located extremely close to our own, perhaps even only a millimeter away. The extreme proximity and the existence of other universes have several consequences to our universe, like gravity that is ‘leaking through’ into our universe, which, according to numerous scientists, could be responsible for the production of dark energy and dark matter which make up around 96% of the ‘known’ universe.

This unknown force which has been dubbed as “The Great Attractor” is pulling our galaxy and everything around it towards a specific point in space, located approximately 250 million light-years away. Basically, the Great Attractor is considered by researchers as a ‘gravitational anomaly’ located within the vicinity of the Hydra-Centaurus Supercluster at the center of the Laniakea Supercluster. Adding to the mystery is the fact that the ‘Great Attractor’ happens to lie in a direction in the sky referred to as the ‘Zone of Avoidance’. Towards that direction, there is so much dust and gas that our satellites and telescopes can’t see very far in the visible spectrum.

The Great Attractor is certainly there (because we see its gravitational influence), but the major portion of the mass that must be there cannot be seen in our telescopes. (source)

Map of galaxies within the nearby universe. Laniakea is the part circled. The arrowed point marked by the Russian "Вы здесь" ("you are here") is the Milky Way. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Map of galaxies within the nearby universe. Laniakea is the part circled. The arrowed point marked by the Russian “Вы здесь” (“you are here”) is the Milky Way.
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Researchers discovered indications of the mysterious force back in the 70’s. As time passed by and our telescopes got bigger and better we were able to learn more about that specific region in space. In time, astronomers discovered that there is a giant supercluster of galaxies known as the Norma Cluster, which has a mass of about 1,000 trillion suns or thousands of galaxies. The exact position of the mysterious force was pinpointed in 1986.

We can only observe that the Milky Way and everything around is being pulled by that ‘something’ and that mysterious force must be something massive, strange and fascinating, something that is both extraordinary and scary.

Hubble Telescope image of the region of the sky where the Great Attractor is located. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Hubble Telescope image of the region of the sky where the Great Attractor is located.
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A gigantic concentration behind the Great Attractor: An ‘even’ Greater Attractor?

As we mentioned above, efforts to study the Great Attractor in the past were hampered by its location in the ‘Zone of Avoidance,’ but, a study called CIZA was the first to search and investigate the nature of the Great Attractor a couple of years ago.

The mass of the Great Attractor isnt strong enough to pull everything towards it, this is why, when we look at an even bigger picture we find that numerous galaxies including the Great Attractor are in fact moving towards something that is even larger than the Great Attractor.

“X-rays can penetrate even regions that are extremely obscured by gas and dust, and galaxy clusters are sources of X-rays. This is what prompted us to attempt to map the distribution of galaxy clusters behind the plane of the Milky Way using X-ray observations,” explains Ebeling, who initiated the survey in 1998.

The CIZA project managed to find a significant concentration of galaxies which are located behind the great Attractor, finding an even GREATER Attractor behind the original one, near the Shapley Supercluster located approximately 500 million light-years away or four times the distance to the Great Attractor region.

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“One of our goals was to uncover the true mass of the Great Attractor. What we found is that it is not that great after all,” says Kocevski.

The study confirmed for the first time that the presence of structures more distant than the Great Attractor directly influence the Milky Way and are pulling our galaxy and many others towards it.

While researchers such as Kocevski believe that mass concentrations such as the Great Attractor were fairly common in the Universe, implying that the early Universe contained much more mass that previous estimates, other researchers remain skeptical about the CIZA study and the mysterious force that continues to pull every one of us towards it, near the Zone of Avoidance at the center of the Laniakea Supercluster.

X-ray observations with the ROSAT satellite then revealed that Abell 3627 is at the center of the Great Attractor.


Preprints of papers submitted to The Astrophysical Journal on the Milky Way’s motion and the CIZA survey can be found at:


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  1. We may not know where to, but at least it seems that now, we’re going somewhere. I’m staying on board, what about you?

  2. Space weather. The attractors are like low pressure zones, and the avoidance or void areas are the high pressure zones. Just like air moves from high to low pressure via wind flows, these space equivalent features seem pretty normal to me. Why not? The mechanics would not be too hard to discover now that we can see them. Took us a while to figure out meteorological functions here on earth, but we did. Now we scale it up to cosmic scales and we see generally the same thing. Highs and lows trying to equalize. It’s kinda what existance does. Entropy in action.

  3. GREAT GALACTIC CENTRE- DYNAMISM & STILLNESS

    Revolution/ Movement/ Dynamism is the format chosen by God to Energise and continue Creation.

    There is a Centre of Creative, Energetic, and Intelligent Power, around which all lesser powers revolve and seem to acquire Energy from. Whether that is the Sun, the Third eye, or Protons, the idea remains the same – the Universe dances around a single point on seven different stages.

    In the Atom, Electron Revolve around a Nucleus Of Protons and Neutrons, Group of Atoms revolve around each one of the Seven Chakras in the Human Body, Prana (Vital Force/ Breath) Revolves around THE CHAKRAS Using Third Eye as the Central Point, Sun Revolves around Another STAR (SuperSun) in 24000 Years. The SUPERSUN Revolves around THE GRAND GALACTIC CENTRE of THE UNIVERSE Over a Period of 240,000 Years

    Dynamism represents a living being and stillness represents #SHIVA

    Yogini True Krishna Priya

    #KrivaDna

  4. GREAT GALACTIC CENTRE- DYNAMISM & STILLNESS

    Revolution/ Movement/ Dynamism is the format chosen by God to Energise and continue Creation. EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE- FROM A THOUGHT TO A MOUNTAIN, FROM THE SMALLEST ELECTRON TO THE ENTIRE COSMOS – IS IN A CONSTANT STATE OF VIBRATION

    There is a Centre of Creative, Energetic, and Intelligent Power, around which all lesser powers revolve and seem to acquire Energy from. Whether that is the Sun, the Third eye, or Protons, the idea remains the same – the Universe dances around a single point on seven different stages.

    In the Atom, Electron Revolve around a Nucleus Of Protons and Neutrons, Group of Atoms revolve around each one of the Seven Chakras in the Human Body, Prana (Vital Force/ Breath) Revolves around THE CHAKRAS Using Third Eye as the Central Point, Sun Revolves around Another STAR (SuperSun) in 24000 Years. The SUPERSUN Revolves around THE GRAND GALACTIC CENTRE of THE UNIVERSE Over a Period of 240,000 Years

    Galactic Center of the Universe feeds Energy to all the Galaxies and Solar systems of the Universe.

    Dynamism represents a living being and stillness represents #SHIVA Yogini True Krishna Priya

  5. OK so the great attractor is 250 million light-years away. We are travelling towards it at 22 million kmph. How long before we get there?

    1. Speed of Light = 670616629 MPH
      22mkph = 13670166 MPH

      49 times slower than the speed of light

      250m / 49 = 12.25bn Years

      1. Thanks friend.
        So it doesn’t really matter, our sun and planet will be long gone before then…

      2. You might want to double check your thoughts on that. If I am going the speed of light, I will arrive there in 250 million years. BUT because I am going 49X slower than the speed of light, it will take me 49*250million years not 250million/49.

        1. You are correct in that it is * and not /, but the answer is correct at 12.25 billion years, so I suspect it was a typing mistake rather than a miscalculation.

  6. Its obvious, we’ve been living in someone else’s conscious and that person is dying

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