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Black Hole 21-Oct-2015:
Black hole caught feasting on a star
Astronomers have detected the last 'cry' from a star that passed too close to the central black hole of its host galaxy and was being destroyed and 'swallowed' - a phenomenon known as a tidal disruption event. The study, based on the observations of X-rays emitted by leftover material from the star in the vicinity of the black hole, allowed the astronomers to measure, for the first time, the physical properties of a newly formed accretion disc, enabling them to investigate the initial phases of such a powerful event.
Further details on ESA's Science & Technology pages.
RPS 25-Aug-2015:
XMM-Newton 15th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-15)
The XMM-Newton Fifteenth Announcement of Opportunity is now open and observing proposals may be submitted.
The deadline is 9 October 2015, 12:00 UT
Further details here on our XMM-Newton SOC Website.
Galactic Centre 20-Aug-2015:
The tumultuous heart of our galaxy
This new image of powerful remnants of dead stars and their mighty action on the surrounding gas from ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory reveals some of the most intense processes taking place at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Further details on ESA's Space Science portal
Planetary Nebula 27-Jul-2015:
Born-again planetary nebula
Beneath the vivid hues of this eye-shaped cloud, named Abell 78, a tale of stellar life and death is unfolding. At the centre of the nebula, a dying star - not unlike our Sun - which shed its outer layers on its way to oblivion has, for a brief period of time, come back to echo its past glory.
Further details on ESA's Space in Images pages
Circinius X-1 24-Jun-2015:
Circinus X-1: Astronomers Discover X-ray Rings around Neutron Star
Astronomers using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope have discovered a bright X-ray light echo in the form of four well-defined rings around the neutron star at the center of an X-ray binary system called Circinus X-1. The new Chandra data have also provided a rare opportunity to determine the distance to this bizarre system.
Further details on the Sci-News web portal.
XMM-Newton self-portrait 26-May-2015:
XMM-Newton self-portraits with planet Earth
This series of images was taken 15 years ago, a couple of months after the launch of ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory. These unique views, showing parts of the spacecraft main body and solar wings, feature a guest of honour - Earth - which crosses the field of view from left to right, as the satellite slews across our planet.
Further details on ESA's Space in Images pages.
3XMM-DR5 28-Apr-2015:
A new version of the largest catalogue of X-ray detected astrophysical objects
The fifth data release of the XMM-Newton serendipitous source catalogue (3XMM-DR5), the largest catalogue of X-ray sources ever created, contains 565962 X-ray detections, ranging from nearby objects in our Solar System to supermassive black holes at the edge of the Universe.
Further details on IRAP's web portal.
Intense X-rays 20-Apr-2015:
Intense X-rays sculpt Thor’s neon-hued helmet
This brightly coloured scene shows a giant cloud of glowing gas and dust known as NGC 2359. This is also dubbed the Thor’s Helmet nebula, due to the arching arms of gas stemming from the central bulge and curving towards the top left and right of the frame, creating a shape reminiscent of the Norse god’s winged helmet.
Further details on ESA's Space in Images pages.
Black Hole Winds 19-Feb-2015:
Widespread wind from black hole can shape star formation
Astronomers have discovered that the winds from supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are blasted out in all directions. This new finding was made possible by observations with ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR X-ray telescopes.
Further details on ESA's Science & Technology pages.
Planetary Nebula 02-Feb-2015:
XMM-Newton and Hubble view of Jupiter’s Ghost
Names of astronomical objects are often ambiguous, especially when the historical designation of a certain class of celestial body preceded their physical understanding and was based on their appearance in the sky.
Further details on ESA's Space in Images pages.
Galaxy Cluster 16-Jan-2015:
Caught in the act: collision of two galaxy clusters ends almost deadly
Recent observations of the galaxy cluster RXCJ2359.5-6042 with the XMM-Newton space observatory reveal evidence for an ongoing merger that strips the smaller system of much of its gas.
Further details on the MPE portal and on National Geographic's pages.
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