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
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.
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
Unravelling the Cosmic Web: Survey gives insights into Universe's structure 15 December 2015 The first papers from the XXL survey, carried out with ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory, are published in a special issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics today. This is the largest XMM-Newton survey of galaxy clusters ever undertaken and the first results reveal the enormous potential of this survey. Read more