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Galactitc Halo 18-Apr-2018:
Where is the Universe’s missing matter?
Astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory have probed the gas-filled haloes around galaxies in a quest to find 'missing' matter thought to reside there, but have come up empty-handed - so where is it?

Further details on ESA's Space Science portal.

Perseus Cluster 03-Apr-2018:
Perseus cluster: Scientists surprised by relentless cosmic cold front
A gigantic and resilient "cold front" hurtling through the Perseus galaxy cluster has been studied using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory - for regions close to the center of the cluster - along with data from ESA's XMM-Newton and the now-defunct German Roentgen (ROSAT) satellite for regions farther out.

Further details on Phys.org pages.

Crab Nebula in ultraviolet 19-Mar-2018:
Crab Nebula in ultraviolet
The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant some 6500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Taurus. The image shown here is in ultraviolet light taken by ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope, which has been surveying the sky since 2000.

Further details on ESA's Space in Images portal.

Rho Ophiuchi A 26-Feb-2018:
XMM-Newton spies first clear X-ray flares from massive stellar lighthouse
In 2014, ESA's XMM-Newton spotted X-rays emanating from the massive star Rho Ophiuchi A and, last year, found these to ebb and flow periodically in the form of intense flares – both unexpected results.

Further details on ESA's Science & Technology pages.

Stellar Wind 02-Feb-2018:
Stellar winds behaving unexpectedly
ESA's XMM-Newton has spotted surprising changes in the powerful streams of gas from two massive stars, suggesting that colliding stellar winds don't behave as expected.

Further details on ESA's Space Science web portal.