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Welcome to the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre
The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
News and Highlights
Gravitational vortex provides new way to study matter close to a black hole, 12-Jul-2016
X-ray Echoes of a Shredded Star Provide Close-up of 'Killer' Black Hole, 22-Jun-2016
Astronomers Find the First "Wind Nebula" Around a Magnetar , 21-Jun-2016
Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron star, or magnetar, for the first time.
Further details on the NASA portal and on Science Daily's pages
Powerful winds spotted from mysterious X-ray binaries, 28-Apr-2016
Found: Andromeda's first spinning neutron star, 31-Mar-2016
A Milky Way twin swept by an ultra-fast X-ray wind, 14-Jan-2016
Sparkling Stephan's Quintet, 21-Dec-2015