XMM-Newton reveals the Milky Way's explosive past 29 August 2016 A giant bubble surrounding the centre of the Milky Way shows that six million years ago our Galaxy's supermassive black hole was ablaze with furious energy. It also shines a light on the hiding place of the Galaxy's so-called 'missing' matter. Read more
ESA's X-ray space observatory XMM-Newton is unique. It is the biggest scientific satellite ever built in Europe, its telescope mirrors are amongst the most powerful ever developed in the world, and with its sensitive cameras it can see much more than any previous X-ray satellite.
Gravitational vortex provides new way to study matter close to a black hole 12 July 2016 ESA's orbiting X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has proved the existence of a 'gravitational vortex' around a black hole. The discovery, aided by NASA's NuSTAR mission, solves a mystery that has eluded astronomers for more than 30 years and will allow them to map the behaviour of matter very close to black holes. Read more
Powerful winds spotted from mysterious X-ray binaries 28 April 2016 ESA's XMM-Newton has discovered gas streaming away at a quarter of the speed of light from very bright X-ray binaries in two nearby galaxies. Read more
A Milky Way twin swept by an ultra-fast X-ray wind 14 January 2016 ESA's XMM-Newton has found a wind of high-speed gas streaming from the centre of a bright spiral galaxy like our own that may be reducing its ability to produce new stars. Read more
XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-16) 23 August 2016 Proposals are solicited for observations with XMM-Newton in response to the sixteenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-16, issued 23 August 2016. This AO covers the period May 2017 to April 2018 and is open to proposers from all over the world. The deadline for proposals is 7 October 2016 (12:00 UT). Read more