Black hole caught feasting on a star 21 October 2015 Astronomers have detected the last 'cry' from a star that passed too close to the central black hole of its host galaxy and was being destroyed and 'swallowed' – a phenomenon known as a tidal disruption event. 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.
Widespread wind from black hole can shape star formation 19 February 2015 Astronomers have discovered that the winds from supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are blasted out in all directions. This new finding was made possible by observations with ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR X-ray telescopes and it supports the picture of black holes having a significant impact on star formation of their host galaxy. Read more
XMM-Newton spots monster black hole hidden in tiny galaxy 19 December 2014 First impressions can be deceptive - astronomers have used ESA's X-ray satellite XMM-Newton to find a massive black hole hungrily feeding within a tiny dwarf galaxy, despite there being no hint of this black hole from optical observations. Read more
Working life extensions for ESA’s science missions 20 November 2014 Continuing operations of ten space science missions have been extended by ESA’s Science Programme Committee (SPC). Read more
XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-15) 25 August 2015 Proposals are solicited for observations with XMM-Newton in response to the fourteenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-15, issued 25 August 2015. This AO covers the period May 2016 to April 2017 and is open to proposers from all over the world. Read more