ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
A rapidly rotating supermassive black hole has been found in the heart of a spiral galaxy by ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR space observatories, opening a new window into how galaxies grow.
Published: 27 February 2013
ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory has completed the most detailed study ever of the fierce wind from a giant star, showing for the first time that it is not a uniform breeze but is fragmented into hundreds of thousands of pieces.
Published: 5 February 2013
Monitoring a pulsar with XMM-Newton, astronomers discovered X-ray variations that mimic in reverse similar changes seen in radio waves. This switching behaviour, which occurs within only a few seconds, challenges the current understanding of pulsars.
Published: 24 January 2013
Studying the Andromeda galaxy with XMM-Newton, astronomers have discovered a black hole accreting mass at very high rate. This allowed them to study the link between disc and jets around a black hole at the peak of its accretion activity.
Published: 12 December 2012
Data from INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton have helped astronomers study how neutron stars accrete mass in highly obscured X-ray binaries. The results suggest a new method to estimate the mass of neutron stars.
Published: 9 November 2012
Ground- and space-based observations, including studies by ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory, have provided unique insights into a star system dominated by two Galactic giants.
Published: 12 October 2012
Published: 21 August 2012
Astronomers using XMM-Newton and Suzaku have detected the final signal sent by the debris of a disrupted star before it disappeared beyond the event horizon of a distant, supermassive black hole.
Published: 3 August 2012
An international team of scientists has used the world's most powerful X-ray observatories - including ESA's XMM-Newton orbiter - to probe the dusty surroundings of a newborn star and discover some of its innermost secrets.
Published: 3 July 2012
Astronomers studying the galaxy NGC 4151 have detected X-rays emitted and then reflected from the vicinity of the supermassive black hole at the galaxy's core, thus revealing the black hole's vicinity in unprecedented detail.
Published: 31 May 2012
Astronomers have discovered that black-hole driven ultra-fast outflows are common in active galaxies, and they are massive and powerful enough to provide the feedback required by galactic evolution models.
Published: 27 February 2012
Astronomers have used XMM-Newton and other telescopes to uncover an unusually slow X-ray pulsar still nestled in the remains of the supernova that created it.
Published: 20 December 2011
Published: 23 August 2011
Astronomers using XMM-Newton have captured a neutron star undergoing a rare, intense flare, which may have been produced when the star ingested a massive clump of matter.
Published: 28 June 2011
Astronomers working with data from several observatories, including ESA's XMM-Newton, have discovered the most distant, mature galaxy cluster yet.
Published: 9 March 2011
Two ESA observatories have combined forces to show the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) in a new light. Herschel sees rings of star formation in the most detailed image of M31 ever taken at far-infrared wavelengths, and XMM-Newton shows X-rays from dying stars.
Published: 5 January 2011
Observing the X-ray-bright gas in the halo of the Milky Way, ESA's XMM-Newton has gathered new data which favour a process involving fountains of hot gas in our Galaxy.
Published: 19 November 2010
Astronomers using XMM-Newton and other world-class X-ray telescopes have probed a curious source, which emits flares and bursts just like a magnetar but lacks the extremely high external magnetic field typical of these objects.
Published: 14 October 2010
Published: 24 August 2010
A long-sought-after emission line of oxygen, carrying the imprint of strong gravitational fields, has been discovered in the XMM-Newton spectrum of an exotic binary system.
Published: 21 June 2010
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