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.

Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.

Read more about the spacecraft, mirrors and instruments and about the XMM-Newton SOC.

News and Highlights

meet-the-aas-keynote-speakers-dr-erin-karaMeet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Prof. Erin Kara 23-Jan-2023
At this year’s AAS meeting, Erin Kara is being honored with the 2022 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy for her innovative and sustained contributions to high-energy astrophysics.
Further details on Astrobites web portal.

XMM-Newton_spies_black_holes_eating_the_same_stars_again_and_againXMM-Newton spies black holes eating the same stars again and again 12-Jan-2023
Two teams of astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope have observed repeated outbursts of light from inactive black holes that partially destroy stars again and again.
Further details on ESA's Science & Exploration web portal.

2022-12-tidal-disruption-event-j150052-rapidlyTidal disruption event J150052 was caused by a rapidly spinning intermediate-mass black hole, study finds 9-Dec-2022
Using NASA's Chandra and ESA's XMM-Newton space telescopes, astronomers from the Radboud University in the Netherlands and elsewhere have conducted X-ray observations of a tidal disruption event designated 3XMM J150052.0+015452. The results show that J150052 was triggered by a rapidly spinning intermediate-mass black hole.
Further details on Phys.org web portal.

2022-12-pulsations-millisecond-pulsar-psr-j10230038Study investigates pulsations of the millisecond pulsar PSR J1023+0038 5-Dec-2022
European astronomers have conducted X-ray and optical observations of a transitional millisecond pulsar known as PSR J1023+0038. Results of the observational campaign, published November 23 on arXiv.org, yield important insights on the origins of pulsations of this source.
Further details on Phys.org web portal.

evaporating-exoplanetThe Case of the Evaporating Exoplanet 29-Nov-2022
X-ray flares of the young planet host DS Tuc A. The authors used the XMM-Newton observatory, a space-based X-ray telescope, to observe the system.
Further details on Astrobites web portal.

2022-11-cluster-ngc-exploredStructure of the cluster NGC 2264 explored by researchers 28-Nov-2022
By analyzing the data from ESA's XMM-Newton and Gaia satellites, astronomers have investigated a young star cluster known as NGC 2264. Results of the study shed more light on the structure of this object and could be helpful in advancing our knowledge about stellar evolution.
Further details on Phys.org web portal.