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Young X-ray Satellite Rattles Old Ideas

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Science  15 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5499, pp. 2049
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5499.2049a

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A year after its launch, Europe's XMM-Newton x-ray satellite is proving its mettle. Last week in Paris, scientists gave a sneak preview of findings that challenged cherished beliefs about what kind of material swarms around supermassive black holes in the middle of active galaxies and how compact clusters of galaxies chill out. The results will appear next month among 56 papers in a special issue of the European journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.