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XMM-Newton Essentials
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


Neutron Stars Magnetar discovered close to supernova remnant Kesteven 79, 01-Sep-2014
Massive stars end their life with a bang, exploding as supernovas and releasing massive amounts of energy and matter. What remains of the star is a small and extremely dense remnant: a neutron star or a black hole.
Further details on ESA's Space in Images pages.

RPS XMM-Newton 14th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-14), 26-Aug-2014
The XMM-Newton Fourteenth Announcement of Opportunity is now open and observing proposals may be submitted.
The deadline is 10 October 2014, 12:00 UT
Further details here on our XMM-Newton SOC Website.

XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-14): New
  - Letter of Invitation by the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, 26-Aug-2014
  - Time line for Phase II proposal submission, 26-Aug-2014

Exploding blue supergiant star Bizarre nearby blast mimics Universe's most ancient stars, 11-Jul-2014
ESA’s XMM-Newton observatory has helped to uncover how the Universe’s first stars ended their lives in giant explosions. Astronomers studied the gamma-ray burst GRB130925A using space- and ground-based observatories.
Further details on ESA's Space Science pages and on ESA's Science & Technology pages.

Active Galaxy Athena to study the hot and energetic Universe, 27-Jun-2014
ESA has selected the Athena advanced telescope for high-energy astrophysics as its second 'Large-class' science mission. The observatory will study the hot and energetic Universe and takes the 'L2' slot in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015–25 plan, with a launch foreseen in 2028.
Further details on ESA's Science & Technology pages.

Nanda Rea Award for European scientist who solved a magnetic mystery, 26-Jun-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.
Further details on ESA's Science & Technology pages.

Dark matter Puzzling X-rays point to dark matter, 24-Jun-2014
Astronomers using ESA and NASA high-energy observatories have discovered a tantalising clue that hints at an elusive ingredient of our Universe: dark matter.
Further details on ESA's Space Science pages.

SAS Workshop SAS Workshop 2014: Learning to see with X-ray vision, 17-Jun-2014
The XMM-Newton Science Analysis System (SAS) Workshop has been an annual event at ESAC since 2000. Its aim is to help XMM-Newton users to learn how to manipulate and analyse XMM-Newton data.
Further details on the XMM-Newton SOC pages.

The Bullet Group Cosmic collision in the Bullet Group, 06-Jun-2014
Galaxies are not as isolated as they at first glance may seem; on a cosmic scale they congregate in clumps along with dark matter and hot gas. The colourful blob in this new composite image, based on data from several telescopes including ESA's XMM-Newton, is the group of galaxies known as the Bullet Group.
Further details on ESA's Science & Technology pages.

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Application deadline:
01 October 2014

Fourteenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-14)
Proposal deadline:
10 October 2014 (12:00 UT)

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