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Slew Tracks 06-Jun-2017:
XMM-Newton slew tracks
This blue ‘ball of string’ actually records 2114 movements made by ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope as it shifted its gaze from one X-ray object to another between August 2001 and December 2014.

Further details on ESA's Space in Images pages.

Professor Giovanni Bignami
It is with great regret that we have learned of the untimely death of Professor Giovanni Bignami. Nanni was a hugely influential figure in the field of high energy astronomy. He was the EPIC-PN Principal Investigator from 1988 to 1997. He also was very interested in outreach and popularisation of astronomy.

Slew Catalogue 15-May-2017:
Sources in XMM-Newton’s second slew catalogue
This colourful, seemingly abstract artwork is actually a map depicting all the celestial objects that were detected in the XMM-Newton slew survey between August 2001 and December 2014.

Further details on ESA's Space in Images pages.

Crab Nebula 10-May-2017:
IMAGE RELEASE: A New Look at the Crab Nebula
Astronomers produced this dramatic new, highly-detailed image of the Crab Nebula by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum, from the long waves seen by the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to the extremely short waves seen by the orbiting Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Further details on the NRAO portal.

Pulsar 01-May-2017:
An Aging Pulsar has Captured a new Companion, and it’s Spinning back up Again
When massive stars reach the end of their life cycle, they explode in a massive supernova and cast off most of their material. What’s left is a “millisecond pulsar”, a super dense, highly-magnetized neutron star that spins rapidly and emit beams of electromagnetic radiation.

Further details on Universe Today pages.

5000 Papers 24-Apr-2017:
5000+ XMM-Newton Papers
The XMM-Newton observatory has crossed a major milestone, to date having accumulated 5,000 science papers in the refereed literature.

Further details here on our XMM-Newton SOC portal.

Black Hole with Ultrafast Winds 01-Mar-2017:
Rapid changes point to origin of ultra-fast black hole winds
ESA and NASA space telescopes have made the most detailed observation of an ultra-fast wind flowing from the vicinity of a black hole at nearly a quarter of the speed of light.

Further details on ESA's Space Science portal.

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.