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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #105: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #49

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #49   ---    23-May-2005            _/
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         - Reminder: "The X-ray Universe 2005" Symposium
         - XMM-Newton long-term scheduling plan

Reminder: "The X-ray Universe 2005" Symposium

Please note the APPROACHING DEADLINE for registration/hotel booking
and abstract submission for the symposium "The X-ray Universe 2005"
on TUESDAY, MAY 31st!

This ESAC organized conference will take place from Monday, 26th.
to Friday, 30th. of September 2005 in the Euroforum conference
centre in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a small town in the mountains
some 50 kilometers northwest of Madrid, Spain.

The early registration/hotel booking deadline is necessary to
secure the excellent facilities of the conference centre for the
meeting at an advantageous price. Participants are strongly
encouraged to commit by the May 31st. deadline. Late registrations
will be accepted, but for these it will not be possible to
guarantee hotel rooms in the Euroforum and it may even prove
necessary to close registrations should the total number of
participants exceed the capacity of the conference centre.

The deadline for abstract submission is set by the need for the
Scientific Organising Committee to have sufficient time to review
abstracts, select those to be presented orally, and ensure that
authors are notified before the start of the main summer holiday
period. The early deadline is thus essential for the meeting
programme to be well-organised.

The conference web pages containing latest detailed information and
the online submission forms are available at

The symposium is intended to encompass a broad range of high energy
astrophysics topics, to provide a showcase for results and
discoveries from current and near-future missions and a forum for
the discussion of astrophysical themes with a high-energy

The final programme will include about 15 invited talks. Currently
confirmed invited speakers (and main topic of their talks) are:

Roberto Pallavicini  (Cool Stars)
Jacco Vink           (Supernova Remnants)
Bob Warwick          (Galactic Diffuse Emission/GC)
Patrizia Caraveo     (Neutron Stars)
Andy Fabian          (Active Galactic Nuclei)
Fabrizio Nicastro    (Warm-Hot Phase Of The Intergalactic Medium)
Neil Gehrels         (Swift Results)
Guenther Hasinger    (Deep Surveys)
Yoshihiro Ueda       (AGN evolution)
Hajime Inoue         (Astro E-2)

A serendipitous highlight for travellers, just after the symposium,
will be the Annular Solar Eclipse which takes place on October 3rd.,
with Madrid lying almost on the central line.

Some symposium participants might even want to add a 2nd conference
to their travel plans: immediately after the "X-ray Universe 2005",
ESAC is hosting the Astronomical Data Analysis Software & Systems
XV (ADASS) meeting which will take place also at the Euroforum from
Sunday 2nd. to Wednesday 5th. of October 2005. Further information
on the ADASS conference is available at

XMM-Newton long-term scheduling plan

The scheduling of the fourth XMM-Newton observing cycle
observations, AO4, started in April 2005 and is expected to
end by May 2006. On April 19, a long-term scheduling plan
for the AO4 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 about 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

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC
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