XMM-Newton-NEWS  #130,    07-Dec-2011

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XMM-Newton AO-11 OTAC Results

The list of XMM-Newton proposals accepted by the AO-11 Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC) and the associated proposal abstracts are available at


The Principal Investigators of submitted proposals have been informed by e-mail about the results of the OTAC evaluation. The e-mail contains the details about the second phase proposal submission for successful observations, which must be done via the XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission System (XRPS). The XRPS will be closed on the 3rd of February 2012 at 13:00 UT.

AO-11 observations will start to be routinely performed in May 2012.

Update of the BiRD Database

The Browsing Interface for RGS Data, BiRD, has been updated. It contains now data taken taken until 10 September 2011, that are made available as they become public. The database includes 7400 spectra of 3150 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:


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