XMM-Newton-NEWS  #173,    30-Jun-2015

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XMM-Newton Users Group Meeting: Presentations available

The XMM-Newton Users Group met on the 21st and 22nd May 2015 at ESAC. The presentations of the meeting are available at


Patch to SAS 14.0.0

A "leap second" will be added on 30th June at midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Therefore a SAS alignment taking this into account has become necessary. If your data analysis depends on absolute times, please make sure that you download and install the corresponding patch, Patch utils-1.130.1, that includes the new leapsec.dat file and is available at


ready for download and inclusion into an existing SAS 14.0.0 installation. A short "Readme" file with instructions on how to do this is also provided at the given ftp address.

XSA v8.5 released

A new version of the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSAv8.5) was released on 27th May 2015, and is available at the usual location


Main improvements are the addition of new columns in the results panel, and the correction of problems related to sending results to TOPCAT and launching the SAMP Hub from XSA image postcards. Additional patches were released along June 2015 to solve some minor issues.

Let us know about XMM-Newton related Ph.D.

The XMM-Newton team is collecting information about the completion of doctorates and Ph.D. theses based on (or making use of) XMM-Newton observations. Ideally, it is our intention to collect the complete list of Ph.D. works based on XMM-Newton data and this is why we need your help.

We would appreciate if you - being a candidate or supervisor of a doctorate - could let us know the following details:
Please contact us through the Helpdesk at:


sending an e-mail with Subject: "Ph.D. thesis work". The message can be flagged as private. In any case, all provided information will be handled confidentially.

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC