Welcome to the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre


The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.

Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.

Read more about the spacecraft, mirrors and instruments and about the XMM-Newton SOC.

News and Highlights

evaporating-exoplanetThe Case of the Evaporating Exoplanet 29-Nov-2022
X-ray flares of the young planet host DS Tuc A. The authors used the XMM-Newton observatory, a space-based X-ray telescope, to observe the system.
Further details on Astrobites web portal.

2022-11-cluster-ngc-exploredStructure of the cluster NGC 2264 explored by researchers 28-Nov-2022
By analyzing the data from ESA's XMM-Newton and Gaia satellites, astronomers have investigated a young star cluster known as NGC 2264. Results of the study shed more light on the structure of this object and could be helpful in advancing our knowledge about stellar evolution.
Further details on Phys.org web portal.

lightest-known-neutron-star-might-be-a-strange-new-stellar-object-65907Lightest Known Neutron Star Ever Found Might Be A "Strange" New Stellar Object 27-Oct-2022
They made the estimations using X-ray observations from the XMM-Newton observatory and precise distance measurements from Gaia. HESS J1731-347 is described as the central compact object (CCO) at the core of a supernova remnant, the cloud of debris produced when a star explodes.
Further details on IFL Science web portal.

ESA_spacecraft_catch_the_brightest_ever_gamma-ray_burstESA spacecraft catch the brightest ever gamma-ray burst 21-Oct-2022
An explosive gamma-ray burst, one of the brightest ever detected, lit up in the sky on 9 October 2022. The signal of the burst – called GRB 221009A – was picked up by many ESA observatories.
Further details on ESA's Science & Exploration web portal.

Deep learning-based super-resolution and de-noising for XMM-newton images Deep learning-based super-resolution and de-noising for XMM-newton images 9-Sep-2022
This work presents the first application of Machine Learning based super-resolution (SR) and de-noising (DN) to enhance X-ray images from the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton telescope.
Further details on Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and Space Mog channel on YouTube.

XIPSXMM-Newton 22nd Announcement of Opportunity (AO-22) 17-Aug-2022
The XMM-Newton Twenty-second Announcement of Opportunity is now open and observing proposals may be submitted.
The deadline is 7 October 2022, 12:00 UT
Further details here on our XMM-Newton SOC website.