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Simplest answer is that black holes can orbit other black holes. However the concepts of orbital motions within a galactic cluster suggest that galaxies, and by virtue of their presence - black holes, orbit within the confines of their local galactic cluster (i.e. see reference on great attractor). Then there is the notion of orbiting superclusters. However within our observable universe, there is nothing that can be definitely stated for orbits about that which we can not detect.

Still for all the motion in the universe, there is no physical center for the universe for which these orbits might be ordered. Rather such orbital considerations are random, being dependent on gravitational attraction, but consistent with the cosmological principle.

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