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
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.
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
Bizarre nearby blast mimics Universe's most ancient stars 11 July 2014 ESA's XMM-Newton observatory has helped to uncover how the Universe's first stars ended their lives in giant explosions. Read more
Award for European scientist who solved a magnetic mystery 26 June 2014 The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and the Russian Academy of Sciences have nominated Nanda Rea, an assistant professor at the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC) in Barcelona and the Anton Pannekoek Institute (API) at the University of Amsterdam, for a prestigious Zeldovich Medal. Read more