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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #185: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #99
_/ XMM-NEWTON NEWS #99 --- 02-Dec-2009 _/
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- Update of the BiRD Database
- User Guide to the XMM-Newton SAS: update
- Please alert us to significant XMM-Newton results
- ESAC Trainee Opportunities
- EXSA, a new science archive for EXOSAT
Update of the BiRD Database
The BiRD database has been updated to include all the RGS public
observations taken until September 1st 2009. It contains now 6300
spectra of 2700 different objects.
BiRD is an utility to browse and examine RGS data. Spectra can be
selected through different parameters, such as date of observation,
class of object or level of exposure. BiRD also provides some basic
plotting and visualisation tools, both for the RGS spectra and
spectral images, and for the EPIC-pn images taken in parallel.
BiRD is available at the following URL:
Questions and comments about this utility can be sent to
User Guide to the XMM-Newton SAS: update
XMM-Newton SOC has updated the User Guide to the XMM-Newton Science
Analysis System for SAS version 9.0. The guide is available in
different formats (postscript, pdf and html) from the XMM-Newton
Proposer's Info & Manuals Web page (Section: Data Analysis) at:
Please alert us to significant XMM-Newton results
The XMM-Newton team does not have dedicated resources to
systematically monitor astro-ph and the published literature for
exciting new results. Therefore we rely on our observers to alert us
about interesting new material. ESA does have a team of public affairs
officers who will help arrange appropriate publicity, but they can
only go to work once they know a result is available. Please remember
that the public strongly supports astronomy in part because they enjoy
seeing the fruit of our work!
Please contact us through the helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org
ESAC Trainee Opportunities
The European Space Astronomy Centre's (ESAC) Trainee programme offers
young scientists a three to six months training contract designed to
give valuable work experience and to prepare for future employment in
the space industry and/or research.
The ESAC Trainee Project is open to undergraduates in the final few
years of their degree and recently graduated students. Applicants
should be nationals of ESA Member States or its Cooperating
States. They should be fluent in either English or French, which are
the official languages of the Agency.
Seven trainee positions are currently available at the XMM-Newton
Science Operation Centre at ESAC. The description of these positions
(projects 1-7) and a description of the application procedure can be
The deadline for applications is February 5th 2010.
EXSA, a new science archive for EXOSAT
The European X-ray Observatory Satellite, EXOSAT, flew more than two
decades ago, between 1983 and 1986:
ESA announces the release of a new EXOSAT Science Archive, EXSA.
Images, spectra and light curves are available through an archive
interface built with software designed by the Science Archives Team at
More details about EXSA and a direct link to the archive can be found
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