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Reflecting on XMM-Newton Space Wallpaper

Reflecting on XMM-Newton
Reflection patterns off one of the gold-plated spare mirrors of ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope shows a side of the mission rarely seen. (Image credit: ESA)

This amazing space wallpaper shows reflection patterns off one of the gold-plated spare mirrors of ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope which reveals a side of the mission rarely seen. Captivating images of supernova remnants, stellar explosions and black hole environments are just some of the high-energy phenomena that go hand-in-hand with XMM-Newton. By contrast, this image shows the journey that light particles from these objects might make on their way to the space telescope’s detectors.

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