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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.
Black Hole 28-Dec-2014:
Millón y medio de segundos dedicados a la caza de la materia oscura
La materia oscura es la más abundante en el universo, y aún así sigue siendo una gran desconocida. Nunca ha sido detectada directamente, pues es por ahora invisible, y de ella solo se sabe que su fuerza de gravedad influye en el resto de objetos del universo. El telescopio espacial de rayos X de la ESA, XMM-Newton, ha anunciado que uno de sus principales retos para el próximo año será la búsqueda de esta materia con un programa de observación de casi 1.4 millones de segundos.
Further details on ESA's Spanish pages.
Black Hole 19-Dec-2014:
XMM-Newton spots monster black hole hidden in tiny galaxy
First impressions can be deceptive – astronomers have used ESA's X-ray satellite XMM-Newton to find a massive black hole hungrily feeding within a tiny dwarf galaxy, despite there being no hint of this black hole from optical observations.
Further details on ESA's Science & Technology pages.
Neutron Stars 01-Sep-2014:
Magnetar discovered close to supernova remnant Kesteven 79
Massive stars end their life with a bang, exploding as supernovas and releasing massive amounts of energy and matter. What remains of the star is a small and extremely dense remnant: a neutron star or a black hole.
Further details on ESA's Space in Images pages.
Exploding Supergiant Star 11-Jul-2014:
Bizarre nearby blast mimics Universe's most ancient stars
ESA’s XMM-Newton observatory has helped to uncover how the Universe’s first stars ended their lives in giant explosions. Astronomers studied the gamma-ray burst GRB130925A using space- and ground-based observatories.
Further details on ESA's Space Science pages and on ESA's Science & Technology pages.
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