Old HEASARC News

2007

  • A new version (6.4) of the HEASOFT software suite has been released.
    (7 Dec 2007)
  • The nH Tool has been updated with support for additional coordinate systems.
    (2 Nov 2007)
  • The HEASARC Users' Group meeting minutes and presentations are available.
    (2 Nov 2007)
  • Show Browse observations and objects in Google Sky and other KML-aware services.
    (30 Oct 2007)
  • The Viewing Tool has been updated for Swift Cycle 4.
    (24 Oct 2007)
  • The RPS database AKBAR has been renamed to ARK: The Astrophysics Research Knowledgebase.
    (16 Oct 2007)
  • A new version (6.3.2) of the HEASOFT software suite has been released.
    (21 Sep 2007)
  • The Viewing Tool has been updated to support XMM-Newton AO7.
    (6 Sep 2007)
  • A new version (6.3.1) of the HEASOFT software suite has been released.
    (27 Jul 2007)
  • A new version (6.3) of the HEASOFT software suite has been released.
    (5 Jul 2007)
  • Just released: new versions of the nH and X-Ray Background tools.
    (5 Jul 2007)
  • The Suzaku public data archive is now open
    (1 Jun 2007)
  • The HEASOFT 6.2 software suite has been released. Primarily driven by the release of the Suzaku (version 4) software
    (9 Mar 2007)
  • SkyView-in-a-Jar v2.1 released.
    (5 Mar 2007)
  • Suzaku Special Issue of PASJ is available.
    (29 Jan 2007)
  • Neil Gehrels and the Swift Team win this year's AAS Rossi Prize "for gamma-ray burst discoveries with the Swift mission"
    (9 Jan 2007)

    2006

  • HEASOFT 6.1.2 was released. This release is primarily driven by the release of the Swift (version 2.6) and Suzaku (version 3) software
    (7 Dec 2006)
  • A new version of Webspec has been released which uses XSPEC 12 and supports Suzaku instruments
    (31 Oct 2006)
  • Browse version 8.1 released featuring the new Chandra Field of View Search.
    (30 Oct 2006)
  • The Viewing Tool was updated. It now supports XMM-Newton AO6.
    (29 Aug 2006)
  • New version of xTime adds support for Suzaku and GLAST
    (23 Aug 2006)
  • HEASOFT 6.1 released.
    (24 Jul 2006)
  • Swift and RXTE data help solve mystery of explosive star - CNN article
    (20 Jul 2006)
  • Suzaku started version 1 processing and distribution of guest observer data.
    (27 Jun 2006)
  • Browse version 8.0 released
    (26 Jun 2006)
  • Browse version 7.5.2 released.
    (23 May 2006)
  • HEASOFT 6.0.6 released. Release Notes.
    (17 May 2006)
  • The Viewing Tool was updated to deal with Moon constraints for Swift.
    (1 May 2006)
  • HEASOFT 6.0.5 released. Release Notes.
    (26 Apr 2006)
  • fv Version 4.3 (standalone) released
    (20 Mar 2006)
  • Imagine News: Ringside Seat to the Universe's First Split Second
    (20 Mar 2006)
  • Imagine News: New Map of Milky Way Reveals Millions of Unseen Objects
    (13 Mar 2006)
  • Browse 7.5.1 released.
    (25 Jan 2006)
  • Imagine News: NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Marks 10 Years in Space
    (9 Jan 2006)

    2005

  • Imagine News: Is A Supernova By Any Other Name Still As Sweet?
    (21 Dec 2005)
  • Browse 7.5 is released.
    (19 Dec 2005)
  • The Timeline Tool has been updated to include HETE-2 information, in addition to Swift and RXTE.
    (28 Nov 2005)
  • HEASOFT 6.0.4 released.
    (28 Nov 2005)
  • Imagine News: Three Satellites Discover One Elusive Star
    (15 Nov 2005)
  • Browse version 7.4 released
    (1 Nov 2005)
  • Imagine News: In a Flash NASA Helps Solve 35-year-old Cosmic Mystery (7 Oct 2005)
  • Imagine News: Most Distant Explosion Detected, Smashes Previous Record (30 Sep 2005)
  • Argus has been re-implemented as a specialized front-end to Browse. (8 Sep 2005)
  • Imagine News: NASA'S Swift Satellite Provides New Insight into Black Hole Formation (22 Aug 2005)
  • Newly redesigned xTime is much easier to use and completely replaces the old Date Converter Tool. (2 Aug 2005)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Orbiting Stars Flooding Space With Exotic Gravitational Waves (27 Jul 2005)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Japan Launches World-Class Space Observatory with NASA Instruments (11 Jul 2005)
  • Astro-E2 launches sucessfully and is renamed Suzaku. (10 Jul 2005)
  • Browse 7.3 Released (8 Jul 2005)
  • Imagine the Universe News: NASA Scientists Catch Unique Gamma-Ray Burst (24 May 2005)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Newly Seen Force In Star Formation May Help Gravity (26 Apr 2005)
  • The Swift archive is now operational (12 Apr 2005)
  • HEASOFT 6.0 released (12 Apr 2005)
  • Newly released / just added: Timeline tool for Swift & RXTE and HEXTErock tool for RXTE. (7 Apr 2005)
  • Imagine the Universe News: New Black Hole Census Reveals Major Undercount and Great Extinction (17 Mar 2005)
  • Browse version 7.2 released. (8 Mar 2005)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Cosmic Explosion Among the Brightest in Recorded History (25 Feb 2005)
  • Imagine the Universe News: A Race Around a Black Hole (20 Jan 2005)

    2004

  • Browse 7.1 released (version history). (29 Dec 2004)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Scientific Balloon Circles South Pole on Search for Antimatter
    (29 Dec 2004)
  • Approved GO programs for Astro-E2 Cycle 1, XMM-Newton Cycle 4, and RXTE Cycle 10 are now available online. (16 Dec 2004)
  • A FITS file verifier available. (8 Dec 2004)
  • Imagine the Universe News: NASA Successfully Launches Swift Satellite
    (22 Nov 2004)
  • The Swift is launched (20 Nov 2004)
  • The Astro-E2 launch delayed until spring/summer 2005 (18 Nov 2004)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Massive Merger Of Galaxies Is The Most Powerful On Record (29 Sep 2004)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Scientists Gain Glimpse of Bizarre Matter in a Neutron Star
    (21 Sep 2004)
  • A beta release of XSPEC12 available for download. (15 Sep 2004)
  • INTEGRAL Public Data Results are available. Results from SPI and IBIS are given per observation and revolution. (1 Sep 2004)
  • HEASARC mirror of the INTEGRAL archive at the ISDC opens. (31 Aug 2004)
  • INTEGRAL Bright Source Catalog available. (31 Aug 2004)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Scientists Spot Doughnut-Shaped Cloud With a Black Hole Filling (20 Jul 2004)
  • INTEGRAL Public Data Archive at the ISDC opens. (19 Jul 2004)
  • 2004 Senior Review report now available (PDF file). (28 Jun 2004)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Smoking Gun Found for Gamma-Ray Burst in Milky Way (17 Jun 2004)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Chandra Opens New Line of Investigation on Dark Energy. (26 May 2004)
  • HEASOFT 5.3.1 released. (20 May 2004)
  • Astro-E2 Guest Observer Program Cycle 1 Information Released. (18 May 2004)
  • Imagine the Universe News: Dark Matter May Be Black Hole Pinpoints. (14 May 2004)
  • Imagine the Universe News: World's Most Precise Gyroscopes Ready To Test Einstein Theory. (28 Apr 2004)
  • New HEASARC site design: we have joined the "One-NASA" look. (1 Apr 2004)
  • Imagine News: ESA's Integral Solves Thirty-Year Old Gamma-Ray Mystery. (26 Mar 2004)
  • 8th Edition of Imagine CD-ROM available. (3 Mar 2004)
  • Imagine News: Giant Black Hole Rips Apart Unlucky Star In Cosmic Reality Show. (23 Feb 2004)
  • New Browse version 7 released. (30 Jan 2004)
  • Imagine News: A Neutron Star Emerges As A Rare Magnetic Emerald. (28 Jan 2004)
  • New National Virtual Observatory service hosted by the HEASARC. (21 Jan 2004)

    2003

  • Imagine News: Einstein Makes Extra Dimensions Toe The Line. (17 Dec 2003)
  • The Chandra Cycle 6 Call for Proposals released. (16 Dec 2003)
  • The HEASOFT 5.3 software suite released. (25 Nov 2003)
  • Imagine News: Most Distant X-Ray Jet Yet Discovered Provides Clues To Big Bang. (17 Nov 2003)
  • X-Ray Background Tool version 2.1 released. (22 Oct 2003)
  • Browse version 6.8 released (10 Sep 2003)
  • Imagine News: Pulsars That Rock Space and Time. (2 Sep 2003)
  • Chandra's Cycle 5 recommended targests announced. (14 Jul 2003)
  • XMM AO3 accepted targets. (3 Jul 2003)
  • 3000 Chandra datasets and 1740 XMM-Newton datasets available via Browse. (3 Jul 2003)
  • Imagine News: Rosetta Stone Decodes Gamma-Ray Burst Mystery. (26 Jun 2003)
  • Browse version 6.7 released. Details of the changes. (18 Jun 2003)
  • RXTE Cycle 9 proposal instructions. Detailed instructions page. (13 Jun 2003)
  • The X-ray Background Tool was updated to version 2.0. (13 Jun 2003)
  • Imagine News: Burst Behind the Sun Reveals Magnetic Charm of Distant Explosion. (10 Jun 2003)
  • For the second year in a row, SkyView makes Scientific American's top 50 science and technology web sites. (27 May 2003)
  • Imagine News: NASA Detects One Of Closest And Brightest Gamma Ray Bursts. (16 May 2003)
  • XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source Catalog available through Browse. (14 May 2003)
  • BeppoSAX re-entered after seven years of operation. (30 Apr 2003)
  • Web-based analysis: Hera released/ (15 Apr 2003)
  • The New York Times: high-school students analyze Chandra data. (10 Apr 2003)
  • Imagine News: The Hole Story? New Type of Black Hole Poses Challenges. (10 Apr 2003)
  • The XMM Serendipitous Source Catalogue was released. (9 Apr 2003)
  • BAX, an X-Ray Galaxy Clusters Database at Toulouse Observatory was released. (9 Apr 2003)
  • Imagine News: Chandra Sees Shape Of Universe During Formative, Adolescent Years. (3 Apr 2003)
  • HETE-2: NASA Detects One of Closest and Brightest Gamma Ray Bursts (31 Mar 2003)
  • HETE-2: Race to Gamma Ray Burst Reveals Gigantic Explosion, Death & Birth (19 Mar 2003)
  • Imagine News: HETE-2 result with videos and animation. (19 Mar 2003)
  • The XMM-Newton AO-3 released. (17 Mar 2003)
  • The X-ray Background tool was updated. (5 Mar 2003)
  • Imagine News: NASA Releases Stunning Images Of Our Infant Universe (12 Feb 2003)
  • Imagine News: Eta Carinae, a Home-Grown Mystery. (28 Jan 2003)
  • SAS v5.4.1 released. (16 Jan 2003)
  • SkyView featured in WIRED. (11 Jan 2003)
  • Photos of the AAS available. (6 Jan 2003)
  • 2500 Chandra datasets and 1100 XMM-Newton datasets available via Browse. (2 Jan 2003)

    2002

  • Browse version 6.6 released. Release notes (17 Dec 2002)
  • Imagine News: Exotic Innards of a Neutron Star Revealed in a Series of Explosions. (25 Nov 2002)
  • Imagine News: Chandra Discovers The History Of Black Hole X-Ray Jets. (13 Nov 2002)
  • 2400 Chandra datasets, 900 XMM-Newton datasets, and NVSS Source Catalog and Images available via Browse. (29 Oct 2002)
  • Browse version 6.5 released. (22 Oct 2002)
  • Integral gamma-ray astronomy mission was successfully launched. (17 Oct 2002)
  • Imagine News: Europe opens a window onto a violent Universe. (17 Oct 2002)
  • Riccardo Giacconi wins 1/2 of the Nobel Prize for Physics. (8 Oct 2002)
  • New HEASARC load-balancing server brought online. (1 Oct 2002)
  • Imagine News: Space Movie Reveals Shocking Secrets of the Crab Pulsar went online. (20 Sep 2002)
  • The HEASARC announced that a new and much faster web server would replace its current server on about Sept 30. (19 Sep 2002)
  • Magnetar-like X-ray Bursts from an Anomalous X-ray Pulsar were announced in an issue of the journal Nature. NASA Press Release. (12 Sep 2002)
  • Over 9000 bibliographic links to XMM-Newton, ROSAT, ASCA and RXTE datasets archived at the HEASARC had been created. (3 Sep 2002)
  • The RXTE Cycle 8 announcement was released. (23 Aug 2002)
  • Released a new tool allowing astronomers from all wavelength regimes answer the age-old question: Is my favorite object an x-ray, gamma-ray, or EUV source? (21 Aug 2002)
  • HEASARC to participate in the GSFC NRC fellowship program. (19 Aug 2002)
  • XMM-Newton's AO2 results were announced. (26 Jul 2002)
  • HEASOFT 5.2 released and it has support for Mac OS X / Darwin. (25 Jun 2002)
  • History compiled for 40th anniversary of X-ray astronomy. (18 Jun 2002)
  • SkyView won a Scientific American Science and Technology web award. (3 Jun 2002)
  • Over 2000 Chandra datasets are now available via Browse. (31 May 2002)
  • The HEASARC Users Group's annual meeting took place on May 6 at GSFC. Presentations are available. (7 May 2002)
  • BeppoSAX mission scheduled to end at the end of April 2002. (18 Apr 2002)
  • The XMM-Newton archive is now online at Vilspa. (15 Apr 2002)
  • Browse 6.4 was released. (26 Mar 2002)
  • BeppoSAX progressively lost 4 of the 32 cells of Battery 1. (23 Feb 2002)
  • Imagine the Universe News article: Launch of NASA's HESSI spacecraft. (12 Feb 2002)
  • Over 1800 Chandra datasets available via Browse. (11 Feb 2002)
  • EUVE reentered the atmosphere at 23:15 EST on 30 Jan. (31 Jan 2002)
  • Imagine the Universe! News article "Local" Gamma-Ray Bursts Are Newest Pieces of Puzzle. (30 Jan 2002)
  • Two new pulsar catalogs available in Browse. (29 Jan 2002)
  • Browse 6.3 was released. (14 Jan 2002)

    2001

  • Chandra Cycle 4 proposal submission deadline was March 15, 2002. (31 Dec 2001)
  • Scientific observations with RXTE have resumed. (5 Dec 2001)
  • Imagine the Universe News: A TIGER in Antarctica (30 Nov 2001)
  • Integral AO-1 Stage 2 Solicitations were due Feb 1, 2002. (30 Nov 2001)
  • RXTE experienced attitude control system (ACS) anomalies. (27 Nov 2001)
  • The RXTE Cycle 7 approved target list was released. (26 Nov 2001)
  • Craig Markwardt recovered the true attitude of RXTE from Sept 6-12, 2000. (26 Nov 2001)
  • Integral's AO-1 program was released at ESTEC. (8 Nov 2001)
  • A new X-ray Background Tool was released. (8 Nov 2001)
  • Browse 6.2 was released. (29 Oct 2001)
  • The EUVE Archive complete; all datasets public (9 Oct 2001)
  • All 3079 ASCA observations are now publicly available via the ASCAMASTER catalog (5 Oct 2001)
  • XMM-Newton AO2 released. (31 Aug 2001)
  • New version of Viewing tool improved for XMM-Newton. (31 Aug 2001)
  • Browse 6.1 was released. (28 Aug 2001)
  • The completed source catalogs of all ROSAT pointed observations was released. (10 Aug 2001)
  • CCfits version 1.0-beta released. (10 Aug 2001)
  • HEAsoft 5.1 was released. (8 Aug 2001)
  • The BeppoSAX AO5 target list was released. (6 Aug 2001)
  • NASA announces US/Japan team up for ASTRO-E2. (19 Jul 2001)
  • Browse 6.0 released. (11 Jul 2001)
  • Imagine the Universe: news story about the MAP launch and a special exhibit titled The Microwave Anisotropy Probe: The Universe Before Stars. (10 Jul 2001)
  • 15 more XMM-Newton PV datasets made publically available. (29 Jun 2001)
  • RXTE Cycle 7 announced (18 Jun 2001)
  • First NASA OSS EPO Conference announced. (13 Jun 2001)
  • xTime updated (4 Jun 2001)
  • Goddard's X-ray astronomy school announced. (11 May 2001)
  • HEASARC Web utilities have been improved: WebPIMMS, nH, and Viewing. (10 May 2001)
  • Tod Strohmayer announced the first observational evidence of a spinning black hole (30 Apr 2001)
  • BeppoSAX AO5 released (20 Apr 2001)
  • The BeppoSAX mission was extended for one year (10 Apr 2001)
  • Browse 5.3.1 was released (10 Apr 2001)
  • The Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astronomy (CEA) closes, including ftp and Web sites. (27 Mar 2001)
  • NASA's AISR program funds a HEASARC-led program to build an automated classifier that can be used to determine the type of high-energy sources. (22 Mar 2001)
  • Deepest X-rays Ever Reveal Universe Teeming With Black Holes (14 Mar 2001)
  • HEASARC User's Group meeting announced. (13 Mar 2001)
  • New GAMMARAY master catalog added to Browse. (6 Mar 2001)
  • After an 8-year lifetime, the ASCA satellite reentered over the Pacific Ocean. (2 Mar 2001)
  • XMM-Newton first public datasets at the HEASARC (26 Feb 2001)
  • New/improved Browse databases: New Chandra Master database and vastly expanded XRAY and OPTICAL master catalogs. (26 Feb 2001)
  • NASA gives go-ahead for the Swift gamma-ray burst mission. (26 Feb 2001)
  • Swift data products will be made available with no proprietary period (26 Feb 2001)
  • New HEAsoft 5.0.4 Patch (21 Feb 2001)
  • CGRO re-entry video: Normal and Close-up (5 Feb 2001)
  • Not Seeing is Believing When it Comes to Event Horizon Evidence (1 Feb 2001)
  • EUVE mission ends (31 Jan 2001)
  • Browse 5.2.1 was released (24 Jan 2001)
  • 150 RXTE-related refereed scientific papers in 2000 (5 Jan 2001)

    2000

  • XMM-Newton archive open (27 Dec 2000)
  • Final EUVE Science Calibration Plan (19 Dec 2000)
  • New and improved ASM products (7 Dec 2000)
  • Gamma Ray Astrophysics 2001 on April 4, 2001 (5 Dec 2000)
  • Astro-E Prelaunch Software and Data Calibration Summary (5 Dec 2000)
  • SAS 5.0 release at Vilspa (5 Dec 2000)
  • Imagine! science article: What are Cosmic Rays (4 Dec 2000)


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