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Welcome to the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre
The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Read more about the spacecraft, mirrors and instruments and about the XMM-Newton SOC.
News and Highlights
NuSTAR and XMM-Newton observe a dusty shroud sparkling in X-rays 15-Sep-2020
NASA’s NuSTAR and ESA’s XMM-Newton satellites have observed a young, massive star in close orbit with the compact remnant from a collapsed star, thereby studying how massive stars evolve and interact.
Further details in the NuSTAR's web portal.
XMM-Newton 20th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-20) 18-Aug-2020
The XMM-Newton Twentieth Announcement of Opportunity is now open and observing proposals may be submitted.
The deadline is 9 October 2020, 12:00 UT
Further details here on our XMM-NEWTON SOC website.
Runaway Star Might Explain Black Hole's Disappearing Act 16-Jul-2020
The telltale sign that the black hole was feeding vanished, perhaps when a star interrupted the feast. The event could lend new insight into these mysterious objects.
Further details on NASA's web portal.
XMM-Newton spies youngest baby pulsar ever discovered 17-Jun-2020
An observation campaign led by ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory reveals the youngest pulsar ever seen – the remnant of a once-massive star – that is also a ‘magnetar’, sporting a magnetic field some 70 quadrillion times stronger than that of Earth.
Further details on ESA's Science & Exploration portal.
Black hole’s heart still beating 10-Jun-2020
The first confirmed heartbeat of a supermassive black hole is still going strong more than ten years after first being observed. X-ray satellite observations spotted the repeated beat after its signal had been blocked by our Sun for a number of years. Our astronomers say this is the most long lived heartbeat ever seen in a black hole...
Further details on Durham University web portal.
Scientists detect heartbeat of super massive black hole 600 million light years away 10-Jun-2020
Scientists have confirmed that the heartbeat of a super massive black hole is still going strong after ten years. Astronomers say this is the longest living heartbeat ever seen in a black hole, and that it can help to tell scientists more about its size and the space around it.
Further details on BBC web portal.