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Telescopes-Paint-Stunning-View-Of-Galaxy-Cluster-With-Black-Hole-Jets 8-Apr-2024
Telescopes Paint Stunning View Of Galaxy Cluster With Black Hole Jets
Views of a massive galaxy cluster Abell 2256 have been captured by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, ESA’s XMM-Newton and three radio telescopes (LOFAR, the GMRT and the VLA). See a composite of all the views here. Credit: NASA/CXC/A. Hobart
Further details on Space.com web portal.

persistent-hiccups-draws-astronomers-new-black-hole-behavior-0327 1-Apr-2024
Persistent “hiccups” in a far-off galaxy draw astronomers to new black hole behavior
“This is a brilliant example of how to use the debris from a disrupted star to illuminate the interior of a galactic nucleus which would otherwise remain dark. It is akin to using fluorescent dye to find a leak in a pipe,” says Richard Saxton, an X-ray astronomer from the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Madrid, who was not involved in the study.
Further details on MIT News web portal and Astronomický ústav AV ČR youtube channel.

2024-03-cataclysmic-variable-astronomers 1-Apr-2024
New cataclysmic variable discovered by astronomers
By analyzing the data from ESA's XMM-Newton and Gaia satellites, astronomers from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Germany and elsewhere have detected a new magnetic cataclysmic variable system, most likely of the polar type.
Further details on Phys.org web portal.

stunning-echo-of-800-year-old-explosion 26-Mar-2024
Marvel at stunning echo of 800-year-old explosion
In the year 1181 a rare supernova explosion appeared in the night sky, staying visible for 185 consecutive days [...]. X-ray observations by ESA’s XMM-Newton show the full extent of the nebula and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory pinpoints its central source.
Further details on ESA web portal.

variability-nearby-ultra-fast-rotating 07-Mar-2024
Observations inspect variability of a nearby ultra-fast rotating active star
Results of the observational campaign, published February 29 on the pre-print server arXiv, provide crucial insights into the short-term and long-term variability of this star. [...] Analyzed data was mainly from ESA's XMM-Newton satellite.
Further details on Phys.org web portal.

black-hole-tantrum 01-Feb-2024
XMM-Newton spots a black hole throwing a tantrum
Until now, this ultra-fast 'black hole wind' had only been detected coming from extremely bright accretion discs, which are at the limit of how much matter they can draw in. This time, XMM-Newton detected ultra-fast wind in a distinctly average galaxy which you could say was 'only snacking'.
Further details on ESA web portal.

NASA-Scientists-Discover-a-Novel-Galactic-Fossil 17-Jan-2024
NASA Scientists Discover a Novel Galactic ‘Fossil’
Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have discovered X-ray activity that sheds light on the evolution of galaxies. The work was made possible thanks to data collected by the ESA (European Space Agency) satellite XMM-Newton with help from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Further details on NASA web portal.

astronomers-bex-ray-binary 16-Jan-2024
Astronomers discover new Be/X-ray binary system
Astronomers from the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK and elsewhere report the detection of a new Be/X-ray binary. The newfound system, designated 4XMM J182531.5–144036, exhibits persistent X-ray emission. 4XMM J182531.5–144036 was initially detected as a hard X-ray source in April 2008 with ESA's XMM-Newton satellite.
Further details on Phys.org web portal.

super-Eddington-neutron-star 11-Jan-2024
NGC 2403 XMM4 is a super-Eddington neutron star, study finds
By analyzing the data from various space telescopes, astronomers have performed a detailed study of an ultraluminous X-ray source known as NGC 2403 XMM4. They analyzed 20 years of observational data from XMM-Newton, Chandra, Swift and NuSTAR space telescopes.
Further details on Phys.org web portal.

researchers-investigate-pulsations-of-the-ultra-luminous-X-ray-pulsar-M82-X-2 08-Jan-2024
Researchers investigate pulsations of the ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar M82 X-2
Using NASA's Chandra spacecraft and ESA's XMM-Newton satellite, Chinese astronomers have inspected the pulsations of an ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar known as M82 X-2. Results of the study indicate that the pulsar showcases a long-term spin-down trend.
Further details on Phys.org web portal.

the-elusive-atmosphere-of-wasp-12-b-high-resolution-transmission-spectroscopy-with-carmenes 06-Jan-2024
The Elusive Atmosphere Of WASP-12 b / High-resolution Transmission Spectroscopy With CARMENES
To date, the hot Jupiter WASP-12 b has been the only planet with confirmed orbital decay. The late F-type host star has been hypothesized to be surrounded by a large structure of circumstellar material evaporated from the planet. [...] To constrain the enigmatic activity state of WASP-12, we analyzed XMM-Newton X-ray data.
Further details on Astrobiology web portal.