From the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this brochure describes the leading role played by UK scientists and engineers at universities, observatories and research council establishments in X-ray Multi Mission-Newton (XXM-Newton). Using XMM-Newton, astronomers will be able to pinpoint and study in unprecedented detail, many of the most violent phenomena in the cosmos, such as orbiting black holes, exotic binary star systems, exploding stars, and the envelopes of fiery gas that surround all stars. STFC is a part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) partnership of research councils.

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