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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #129: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #63

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #63   ---    12-Jan-2007            _/
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          - Anticipated time line for next Announcement of
            Opportunity: AO-7
          - XMM-Newton AO-6 OTAC Results
          - 7th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop
          - Meeting announcement:
           "XEUS: Visions of the Extreme Universe"ls
          - Workshop announcement:
           "Astronomical Spectroscopy & The Virtual Observatory"
          - Meeting announcement
           "High Energy Astrophysics: the keV-TeV Connection"
          - Extragalactic Surveys web page

Anticipated time line for next Announcement of Opportunity: AO-7

The key milestones for the seventh XMM-Newton "Announcement of
Opportunity" have been established. Within this AO-7 a new call
to submit proposals for observations to be performed with the
XMM-Newton observatory will be issued.

To be prepared for this, please find below the anticipated time

Announcement of Opportunity     28 August  2007
Due date for proposals          05 October 2007 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme   late December 2007

For approved proposals only:==>

Start of phase II proposal submission    14 January  2008
Closure of phase II proposal submission  09 February 2008
Start of AO-7 observations                  May      2008

The official "Announcement of Opportunity" will be made public
in an issue of XMM-Newton News and on the XMM-Newton Science
Operations Centre Home Page.

XMM-Newton AO-6 OTAC Results

The list of proposals accepted by the AO-6 Observing Time
Allocation Committee (OTAC) is available with their associated
abstracts at


The Principal Investigators of accepted proposals have been
informed about the second phase proposal submission, which will be
done via the XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission System (XRPS).
The XRPS will be closed on the 9th of February 2007 at 13:00 UT.

AO-6 observations will start to be performed in May 2007.

7th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop

The SOC announces the 7th Science Analysis System (SAS) Workshop,
which will be held at ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre, ESAC,
close to Madrid, Spain, from

Tuesday, June 19th to Friday, June 22nd, 2007.

SAS Workshops aim at providing astronomers having little or no
experience of XMM-Newton data analysis with an introduction to the
procedures and techniques to successfully reduce and analyse
XMM-Newton data.

About one-third of the Workshop time is devoted to presentations,
and the remaining two-thirds to practical training (hands-on)
sessions. During the latter, one workstation will be available for
every two participants. The lecture program covers topics such as:
instrument calibration status, SAS installation and set-up,
spectral analysis of point-like sources with EPIC and RGS, EPIC
source detection and timing analysis, analysis of extended sources
with EPIC, OM data reduction and analysis, the XMM-Newton
serendipitous source catalogue, and science archive.

Interested persons are invited to send an email to:
xmmhelp@sciops.esa.int specifying in the Subject line:
--> Interest in participating in the 7th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop

and providing the following information in the message:

Name                 :
Organisation         :
Address              :
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Arrival Date         :
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Attendance is strictly limited to 20 persons to ensure proper
support during the training sessions. The available places will be
filled on a "first-register, first-served" basis.

More details will be published in the next weeks on the XMM-Newton
SAS Workshop web page at


The deadline for submission of the applications is 20th of April

Meeting announcement:
"XEUS: Visions of the Extreme Universe"

A meeting "XEUS: Visions of the Extreme Universe" will take place
from 2-4 April 2007 at the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College
London, intended to bring together members of the working groups
for the X-ray Evolving Universe Spectroscopy Mission (XEUS) and
the wider astronomical community to focus on the key science
questions in preparation for ESA's "Cosmic Visions" proposal call.

The main science themes of the meeting will be:

* Evolution of large scale structure and nucleosynthesis
* Co-evolution of galaxies and their supermassive black holes
* Matter under extreme conditions
* Observatory science.

The conference is limited to 150 participants, with a registration
deadline of 1st of March 2007.

The conference web page is available at

Workshop announcement:
"Astronomical Spectroscopy and the Virtual Observatory"

The Research and Scientific Support Department of the European
Space Agency is organising an international workshop at the
European Space Astronomy Centre in Villafranca del Castillo,
Spain, 21-23 March 2007 on "Astronomical Spectroscopy & The Virtual
Observatory". The Workshop will be held in the framework of the
EURO-VO Data Centre Alliance and Facility Centre.

The main goal of the workshop is to outline needs and challenges
that astronomical spectroscopy will be facing in the coming
years, and to discuss how the unique capabilities intrinsic to the
Virtual Observatory (VO) concept can meet them. To achieve this
goal the workshop will bring together experts in different
branches of astronomical spectroscopy and scientists and engineers
active in the VO international endeavour.

The deadline for workshop registration and abstract submission
is the 31st of January 2007.

For more information, please visit the Workshop web page at

Meeting announcement
"High Energy Astrophysics: the keV-TeV Connection"

In the context of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) annual
meeting in Yerevan, Armenia, 20-25 August 2007 (JENAM 2007) a 2.5
day EAS symposium will be organised on high energy astrophysics.

The main goal of this meeting is to bring together the high energy
astrophysics community working, not only in the space based X-ray
and gamma ray energy domains (keV-GeV), but also the ground based
GeV-TeV community, to cross fertilise and to harmonise future

Further information on the meeting organisation (registration,
hotels etc) can be found at http://www.aras.am/JENAM-2007/

The deadline for abstract submission is the 1st of May 2007.

Extragalactic Surveys web page

The Chandra X-ray Center has put together a community resource
web site with the following objectives:

* to compile a list of recent and ongoing surveys which include
  Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray data and to provide links to the
  surveys' main web sites;
* for each X-ray survey to list all the surveys undertaken at
  other wavelengths in the same area of the sky and include some
  survey characteristics and results;
* to provide a tabular format of the collected information. This
  table of X-ray and multiwavelength surveys has the goal of being
  a "living" document that can and should be continuously updated
  if new data is collected or new results and numbers are obtained
  and published;
* to facilitate survey science by also providing links to public
  data, catalogues, and other products for the various surveys.

To begin with, only X-ray surveys executed with XMM-Newton and
Chandra and with total exposure time greater than 200 ksec have
been included in the compilation.

The page is available at http://cxc.harvard.edu/xraysurveys/

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XMM-Newton SOC

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