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The galactic core, also referred to as the Shapley Center, is an area of intense radiation and gravity that spreads out for thousands of light-years in the center of the galaxy. The term coreward was used in galactic navigation, referring to the direction of a galaxy's core. The central core is the center of the spiral shape of the galactic region, where all the spiral arms meet in what is presumed to be a large collapsed black hole-type mass referred to as Sagittarius A*. This region is considered by astronomers and astrophysicists as the origin of star formation. (ST reference: Star Fleet Technical Manual)
In 2269, the USS Enterprise approached the galactic core, where the crew encountered the satyr being Lucien, and later an inter-dimensional gate to the planet Megas-Tu. (TAS episode: "The Magicks of Megas-Tu")
Until 2287, the technology of the Federation was insufficient to probe into the energy mass which came to be known as the Great Barrier. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: The Final Frontier)