First images from XMM-Newton

Meanwhile, ESA this week released the first two images from XMM-Newton. One shows the Magellanic Cloud, with hot gas released from supernova explosions and new stars being created in a interstellar nursery. The second image shows the different effects of galactic collisions. "In one collision a black hole shows through a dense cloud of material as an intense blue glow. In another a series of massive stellar explosions, triggered by the collision, emit copious X-rays, seen here as a red halo," says Martin Turner of the Leicester University.