XMM-Newton-NEWS  #50,    02-Aug-2005

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XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA) version 2.8 on-line

Version 2.8 of the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA) is now available at the following URL:

This version includes several improvements and new facilities, among them being:
A short "guided tour" of the XSA is available at the following URL:

together with a list of "how-to" Frequently Asked Questions:

Users Group Meeting

The XMM-Newton Users Group met on the 19th and 20th of May 2005 at ESAC. Please find the agenda, presentations and minutes of this meeting at:

XMM-Newton Users' Handbook update for AO-5

The XMM-Newton Users' Handbook (UHB) has been updated to version 2.3 in preparation for the next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-5) and reflecting latest in-flight experience.

The AO-5 will open on the 5th of September 2005 with a due date for proposals on the 14th of October 2005 (12:00 UT) (for further details, see XMM-NEWTON NEWS #48).

The UHB contains information on the instrumentation on board XMM-Newton and serves as the main technical support document for proposal preparation, based on which potential XMM-Newton users can assess the technical feasibility of their planned observations.

The XMM-Newton Users' Handbook is available on-line at
Alternatively, postscript and PDF versions of the UHB can be downloaded from the "XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals" portal at

'The X-ray Universe 2005' Symposium Update

We would like to inform you that the outline programme for the Symposium 'The X-ray Universe 2005' is now available on the web at:

It looks like it is going to be a large meeting. There are currently about 360 registered participants and we have received an even higher number of abstracts. All authors of proposed contributed talks and posters have been informed in the meantime about the results of the evaluation by the Scientific Organizing Committee. Participants who asked to be considered for financial support will be contacted by mid-August at the latest.

5th ESAC SAS Workshop

Presentations given at the 5th Science Analysis System (SAS) Workshop, which was held at ESAC from the 7th to 10th of June 2005 (cf. XMM-Newton NEWS #48) have been made available on-line at:

XMM-Newton Image Gallery

To actively participate in communicating the results of your astronomical research directly to the public, please, do not forget to make use of the XMM-Newton Image Gallery, available at:

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC