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Based on a study of archival data from four X-ray observatories, including XMM-Newton, a team of Japanese astronomers confirm the black hole at the Galactic centre, Sgr A*, to have experienced an outburst some 300 years ago
Published: 15 April 2008
XMM-Newton observations of broad absorption line quasars (BALQSOs) that are seen face-on reveal these to be different from BALQSOs that are seen at different orientations in that the former are not deficient in soft X-ray emission
Published: 9 April 2008
Two different methods based on optical and X-ray observations have resulted in a consistent identification of the subtype and age of the supernova responsible for the supernova remnant SNR 0509-67.5 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Published: 20 March 2008
In a recent article in Astrophysical Journal Letters Sala et al. shed light on the nature of the postoutburst nova V5116 Sagittarii with new XMM-Newton observations of the white dwarf star's soft X-ray emission
Published: 14 March 2008
At their 12-13 November meeting, ESA's Science Programme Committee has unanimously approved an extension for the XMM-Newton mission, pushing back the mission end date from 31 March 2010 to 31 December 2012.
Published: 15 November 2007
The 2XMM catalogue of X-ray sources, the largest of its kind ever, has now been released. It has been created by the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (SSC) from data gathered with XMM-Newton's EPIC instrument between February 2000 and March 2007, covering 360 square degrees on the sky.
Published: 7 September 2007
The 2XMMp catalogue has recently been released and is the largest catalogue of astronomical X-ray sources ever produced, covering 285 square degrees on the sky and containing over 123 000 unique X-ray sources.
Published: 28 July 2006
Deep observations of two X-ray bright galaxy clusters by XMM-Newton, have provided detailed information on the chemical composition of the hot intra-cluster medium and the difference in the evolution of these two clusters.
Published: 11 May 2006
The first catalogue of X-ray sources found in slew data taken by the XMM-Newton X-ray observatory is now available. This first release contains several thousand sources from a region covering about 15% of the sky.
Published: 3 May 2006
ESA's Science Programme Committee has extended operations of the highly successful astronomical observatory XMM-Newton until 31 March 2010.
Published: 6 December 2005
Phase variation in the X-ray emissions from three pulsars has been examined using the EPIC instrument on XMM-Newton. In a paper published this week in the Astrophysical Journal scientists reveal that analysis of spectra over the pulsar rotation period has enabled them to track hot spots on the surface of the neutron star.
Published: 22 April 2005
Scientists using XMM-Newton have discovered an x-ray glow on Jupiter due to x-rays from the Sun being reflected back off the planet's atmosphere.
Published: 7 March 2005

Using ESA's XMM-Newton observatory and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, scientists have discovered the most distant massive structure in the Universe.
Published: 2 March 2005
Scientists have pierced through a dusty stellar nursery to capture the earliest and most detailed view of a collapsing gas cloud turning into a star, analogous to a baby's first ultrasound.
Published: 1 March 2005

Scientists using XMM-Newton have observed a relativistic Fe line in the mean X-ray spectra of type-1 and type-2 active galactic nuclei.
Published: 23 February 2005
Scientists have observed three separate clumps of hot iron gas orbiting around a black hole at 30 000 kilometres per second, about a tenth of the speed of light.
Published: 10 January 2005

A dedicated team of scientists has proven a new algorithm, that identifies sources by their x-ray line emission, to be successful and found three obscured active galaxy candidates.
Published: 10 December 2004
This is to inform you of the first round of the ESA Astro-E2 Guest Investigator Programme (EAO-1). Scientists belonging to institutions within ESA Member States may apply for observing time on the Japanese/US X-ray astronomy mission Astro-E2 through this AO. The aim of the programme is to maximize the scientific return from the mission through co-operation between European and Japanese scientists. Assuming a launch in 2005 January/February, the observing time covered by EAO-1 will start in around 2005 September and last for 12 months. Approximately 6% of the total observing time will be allocated to successful proposals from the ESA Member States.
Published: 14 May 2004
Using XMM-Newton, astronomers have obtained the world's deepest "wide screen" X-ray image of the cosmos to date.
Published: 16 July 2003
Using the superior sensitivity of ESA's X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, a team of European astronomers has made the first direct measurement of a neutron star's magnetic field. The results provide deep insights into the extreme physics of neutron stars and reveal a new mystery yet to be solved about the end of this star's life.
Published: 11 June 2003
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