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XMM-NEWTON 20th ANNIVERSARY

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ABOUT XMM-Newton

20 years in orbit and counting...

On the 10th of December 1999 at 14:32 GMT the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton observatory was launched and started exploring the wonders of the X-ray universe. Since its launch, XMM-Newton has simultaneously collected X-rays, visible and ultraviolet light and consistently demonstrated its role as one of the most important astronomical observatories of all time.

XMM-Newton continues supplying key new data to every aspect of astronomy: life in the universe, studying our solar system and how the activity of more distant stars impacts the habitability of their orbiting planets; extreme universe, exploring places beyond our imagination shaped by the extraordinary gravity around black holes and by shocks from the most powerful cosmic explosions; cosmology, dissecting the cosmic structure formed and evolved after the Big Bang.

XMM-Newton is paving the way for a joint adventure with Athena and LISA, exploring together the hot and energetic universe and the powerful radiative counterparts of gravitational waves, bringing sound to the cosmic movies.

We take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and interest in the mission.

VIDEO GALLERY

 

SPECIAL EVENT

SPECIAL EVENT

The detailed programme of the Special Event held at ESAC on 10th-11th December 2019 including links to presentations in PDF and videos of the talks can be found in the dedicated page
Celebration Event: 20 years from launch.

VIRTUAL REALITY ROOM

VR

Click on the image for a demo of a Virtual Reality Room run during the Event celebration.

GRAPHICAL ART

PORTRAITS

TALKS

CARTOONS

ART EXHIBITION

This art installation is based on the discovery of quasi-periodic eruption (QPE) events in active galactic nuclei (AGN) by Miniutti et al. 2018 (Nature, Volume 573, Issue 7774, p 381-384) during two XMM-Newton and one Chandra observations. More specifically the observed X-ray variability is characterised by high amplitude and short (9 hours) QPEs over stable flux level. READ MORE

3,500+
Revolutions
6,000+
Refereed Papers
5,000+
Observers
500,000+
X-ray Sources
CONFERENCES

LECTURES, WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

Conf 1

HEAD Meeting
Special session on XMM-Newton
Monterey, CA, USA
17-21 March 2019

Conf 2

"Astrophysics of hot plasma in extended X-ray sources"
XMM-Newton Workshop
ESAC, Madrid, Spain
12-14 June 2019

Conf 3

X-ray Astronomy
Special lecture about XMM-Newton mission
Bologna, Italy
8-13 September 2019

Conf 4

XMM-Newton 20th Anniversary Goddard Symposium
GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA
21-22 October 2019

Conf 5

Spanish X-Ray Astronomy 2019: present, future and synergies
Alicante, Spain
26-27 November 2019

Conf 6

Twenty Years of Chandra Science
Symposium
Boston, MA, USA
3-6 December 2019

Conf 7

X-ray Astrophysics from XMM-Newton to Athena: The heritage of XMM and opportunities of Athena
Specialist Discussion Meeting
Royal Astronomical Society, London, UK
13 December 2019

Conf 8

Special Session: Celebrating 20 Years of XMM-Newton Discoveries
235th Meeting of the
American Astronomical Society, Honolulu, Hawaii
5 January 2020

Conf 9

20 years XMM-Newton: Europe's flagship X-ray observatory ready for next decade
ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany
26 March 2020

Conf 10

The X-ray Universe
ESLAB, ESTEC, The Netherlands
25-29 May 2020

Conf 11

XMM-Newton: Current scientific highlights and future prospects
European Astronomical Society
Leiden, The Netherlands
29 June - 3 July 2020

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RECOLLECTIONS

Roots of the XMM-Newton Space Observatory: A blast from the past, Johan Bleeker and Brian Taylor

Realization of the Reflection Grating Spectrometer on XMM-Newton, Jan-Willem den Herder

Recollections on X-ray Optics and satellite developments for XMM-Newton, Robert Lainé, with support from Daniel de Chambure

Recollections of XMM, David Lumb

XMM OM history (video), Keith Mason

X-ray astronomy and Eddington winds, Ken Pounds

The development and use of the pnCCDs for science and industry, Lothar Strüder

The XMM 20 year reunion – random thoughts for the panel discussion, Brian Taylor

XMM, I remember..., Gabriele Villa

PAPERS

XMM-Newton: 20 años observando el universo más violento (Spanish)
J. Ebrero, Revista Astronomía, no.246, p.28-37
Ils radiographient le cosmos depuis vingt ans (French)
Y. Nazé, La Recherche, mensuel 554, Dec 2019
Blick ins heiße Universum (German)
(full article - restricted)
Norbert Schartel & Günther Hasinger, Physik Journal 12, Seite 41, 2019
Revealing the X-Ray Universe
Sky and Telescope, Issue August 2019
DOWNLOADS

DOWNLOADS

You can download the digital art XMM-Newton images in high resolution and different formats from here

 

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