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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #084: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #37

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_/                 XMM-NEWTON NEWS #37   ---    27-Jan-2004                 _/
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             Villafranca del Castillo, Satellite Tracking Station
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           - Reminder: XMM-Newton Image Gallery
           - XMM-Newton Gamma-ray Burst follow-up
           - XMM-Newton long-term scheduling plan
           - 4th VILSPA SAS Workshop
           - 35th COSPAR Scientific Assembly

Reminder: XMM-Newton Image Gallery

As announced in XMM-NEWTON NEWS #36, we have prepared an XMM-Newton Image
Gallery into which scientists who have remarkable and high quality images
and results related to XMM-Newton are invited to submit examples.

This Image Gallery is the place to put your XMM-Newton based visual results
and to demonstrate the high quality of the science you are doing not only to
your colleagues but also to the whole of the internet community.

Since the Gallery was made public (Dec 01, 2003), amongst others two
impressive images of M81 and M101 have been added. Shortly afterwards both of
them were selected as High Energy Astrophysics Picture of the Week, see URL:




The entry page to the XMM-Newton Image Gallery is accessible at URL:


and the image submission is possible via a web form linked from the Gallery
front page, also directly accessible at URL:


XMM-Newton Gamma-ray Burst follow-up

XMM-Newton recently observed the likely-to-be X-ray afterglows of two
gamma-ray bursts that were discovered with ESA's International Gamma-Ray
Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL): GRB031203 and GRB040106.

Both observations were accepted as Targets of Opportunity and XMM-Newton
started collecting data less than 6 hours after the occurrence of each burst.

Coordinates of GRB031203 (though at a large (6arcmin) off-axis angle) were
also within the EPIC field of view for a calibration observation of Zeta Pup,
which was scheduled for the following revolution.

Details (raw images, spectra and links to the public data sets) for these
three observations are available from





XMM-Newton long-term scheduling plan

The scheduling of the third XMM-Newton observing cycle observations, AO3,
started in December 2003 and is expected to end by March 2005. On January
23, a long-term scheduling plan for the AO3 period has been released at


Principal Investigators of pending XMM-Newton observations are encouraged
to check this plan, especially if scheduling constraints were granted
following the Time Allocation Committee recommendations. All observers
should be aware that, as flexibility is required in the scheduling process,
the long term plan only fills 50% of the available observing time, using
some 50% of the approved observations. Consequently about 50% of the
approved observations do not appear in the long term plan. The full
observing plan is only available some two to four weeks in advance of the
start of a revolution. It is intended to follow the long term plan as
closely as possible. The XMM-Newton SOC nevertheless reserves the right
to modify it at any stage of the scheduling process, should this become

4th VILSPA SAS Workshop

The SOC announces the 4th SAS Workshop, which will be held at VILSPA on
June 8-11.

SAS Workshops aim at providing astronomers, having no or little experience
of XMM-Newton data analysis, with an introduction to the procedures and
techniques to successfully reduce and analyze 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 fill in the pre-registration form,
available at the URL:


Attendance is strictly limited to 20 persons, to ensure proper support
during the training sessions. The available places will be filled on a
strict "first-register, first-serve" basis. Deadline for submission of the
applications is March 15, 2004.

35th COSPAR Scientific Assembly

Several meetings which might be of interest to XMM-Newton users will take
place in the framework of the COSPAR symposium in Paris, July 18-25 2004, see


For instance, the following sessions are planned by the Scientific Commission
E: Research in Astrophysics from Space

E1.1 Gamma-ray Bursts
E1.2 Clusters of Galaxies: New Insights from XMM-Newton, Chandra and INTEGRAL
E1.3 High-Energy Radiation from Black Holes: from Supermassive Blackholes in
      AGN to Galactic Solar Mass Blackholes
E1.4 Young Neutron Stars and Supernova Remnants

Registration information can be found in the COSPAR bulletin 157 or at


Instructions as to how to submit abstracts (deadline: 15 February 2004) are
available on the web at


Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC

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