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http://www.esa.int/Science_Exploratin/Space_Science/XMM-Newton_reveals_giant_flare_from_a_tiny_star 20-Feb-2020
XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star
A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous 'super flare' of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.
Further details on ESAS's Science & Exploration portal.

http://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/XMM-Newton_maps_black_hole_surroundings 20-Jan-2020
XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings
Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space - and now, for the first time, ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used the reverberating echoes of this radiation to map the dynamic behaviour and surroundings of a black hole itself.
Further details on ESAS's Science & Exploration portal.

XMM-NEWTON DISCOVERS SCORCHING GAS IN MILKY WAY'S HALO 16-Jan-2020
Xmm-newton discovers scorching gas in in milky way's halo
ESA's XMM-Newton has discovered that gas lurking within the Milky Way's halo reaches far hotter temperatures than previously thought and has a different chemical make-up than predicted, challenging our understanding of our galactic home.
Further details on ESAS's Science &Technology portal.

First sighting of hot gas sloshing in galaxy cluster 10-Jan-2020
First sighting of hot gas sloshing in galaxy cluster
ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has spied hot gas sloshing around within a galaxy cluster - a never-before-seen behaviour that may be driven by turbulent merger events.
Further details on ESAS's Science & Exploration portal.

XMM-Newton_s_20th_anniversary_in_space_pillars 10-Dec-2019
XMM-Newton’s 20th anniversary in space
On 10 December, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory is celebrating its 20th launch anniversary. In those two decades, the observatory has supplied a constant stream of outstanding science. One area that the mission has excelled in is the science of black holes, having had a profound effect on our understanding of these cosmic enigmas.
Further details on ESAS's Science & Exploration portal.

MYSTERIOUSLY IN-SYNC PULSAR CHALLENGES EXISTING THEORIES 13-Sep-2019
First sighting of hot gas sloshing in galaxy cluster
For the first time, astronomers have detected synchronised pulses of optical and X-ray radiation from a mysterious pulsar some 4500 light years away. The observations indicate that a new physical mechanism might be needed to explain the behaviour of fast-spinning sources like this one, known as transitional millisecond pulsars.
Further details on ESAS's Science &Technology portal.