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Pulsar 21-Feb-2017:
ESA Satellite Spots Brightest Known Pulsar
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) XMM-Newton satellite has detected the brightest and farthest known pulsar --- a whirling, x ray-emitting, magnetized neutron star some 40 million light years away.

Further details on Forbes pages.

Pulsar 21-Feb-2017:
The brightest, furthest pulsar in the Universe
ESA's XMM-Newton has found a pulsar - the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible.

Further details on ESA's Space Science portal.

Black Hole 06-Feb-2017:
Black Hole Meal Sets Record for Length and Size
A giant black hole ripped apart a star and then gorged on its remains for about a decade, according to astronomers. This is more than ten times longer than any observed episode of a star's death by black hole. Researchers made this discovery using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Swift satellite as well as ESA's XMM-Newton.

Further details on NASA's Chandra pages.

Rapid burster 31-Jan-2017:
Mind the Gap: Rapid Burster behaviour explained
Scientists observing a curious neutron star in a binary system known as the 'Rapid Burster' may have solved a forty-year-old mystery surrounding its puzzling X-ray bursts.

Further details on ESA's Science & Technology portal.

X-ray burst 19-Dec-2016:
False-colour view of galaxy M81
An important part of studying celestial objects is understanding and removing the background noise. The image presented here was created to demonstrate the power of software tools used to analyse observations by ESA's XMM-Newton of large objects like galaxies, clusters of galaxies and supernova remnants.
Further details on ESA's Space in Images portal.

X-ray burst 19-Oct-2016:
Mysterious Cosmic Objects Erupting in X-rays Discovered
Astronomers have found a pair of extraordinary cosmic objects that dramatically burst in X-rays. This discovery, obtained with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton observatory, may represent a new class of explosive events found in space.
Further details on NASA's Chandra pages.

Wandering Black Hole 05-Oct-2016:
X-ray Telescopes Find Evidence for Wandering Black Hole
Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory to discover an extremely luminous, variable X-ray source located outside the center of its parent galaxy. This peculiar object could be a wandering black hole that came from a small galaxy falling into a larger one.
Further details on NASA's pages.