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RPS 21-Aug-2018:
XMM-Newton 18th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-18)
The XMM-Newton Eighteenth Announcement of Opportunity is now open and observing proposals may be submitted.
The deadline is 5 October 2018, 12:00 UT

Further details here on our XMM-Newton SOC website.

X-ray source 10-Aug-2018:
Students digging into data archive spot mysterious X-ray source
An enigmatic X-ray source revealed as part of a data-mining project for high-school students shows unexplored avenues hidden in the vast archive of ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory.
Further details on ESA's Space Science portal.

Childcare 05-Jul-2018:
New horizons in conference facilities for XMM-Newton
XMM-Newton are leading the way in future ways of working, by having introduced a childcare facility option at their international scientific workshop that took place 13-15 June at ESAC.
Further details on our XMM-Newton SOC pages.

Warm-hot intergalactic medium 20-Jun-2018:
XMM-Newton finds missing intergalactic material
After a nearly twenty-year long game of cosmic hide-and-seek, astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory have finally found evidence of hot, diffuse gas permeating the cosmos, closing a puzzling gap in the overall budget of 'normal' matter in the Universe.
Further details on ESA's Space Science portal.

Black Hole 18-Jun-2018:
Star Shredded by Rare Breed of Black Hole
ESA's XMM-Newton observatory has discovered the best-ever candidate for a very rare and elusive type of cosmic phenomenon: a medium-weight black hole in the process of tearing apart and feasting on a nearby star.
Further details on ESA's Space Science portal.

NGC 3199 11-Jun-2018:
Star-circling bubble of gas
This turbulent celestial palette of purple and yellow shows a bubble of gas named NGC 3199, blown by a star known as WR18 (Wolf-Rayet 18). The image was taken by the European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC) on ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory, and marks different patches of gas in different colours.
Further details on ESA's Space in Images portal.

Neutron Star Merger 31-May-2018:
Cosmic Blast Takes Rest at Last
Last year, the first detection of gravitational waves linked to a gamma-ray burst triggered a vast follow-up campaign to study the aftermath of the neutron star merger that gave rise to the explosion. ESA's XMM-Newton observations, caught the moment when its X-ray emission stopped increasing...
Further details on ESA's Science and Technology portal.

Intermediate-mass black hole 23-May-2018:
Mysterious Medium-Size Black Holes May Lurk at the Centers of Small Galaxies
The hearts of small galaxies may hide a mysterious kind of black hole that has long proved elusive: medium-size black holes. Investigators searched data from the Chandra, XMM-Newton and Swift orbital X-ray observatories.

Further details on Space.com portal.

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.