XMM-Newton-NEWS  #185,    18-Jul-2016

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  • Reminder: Anticipated timeline for AO-16
  • XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-16
  • 2016 XMM-Newton Workshop: Presentations available

Reminder: Anticipated timeline for AO-16

  Announcement of Opportunity Tuesday 23 August 2016
  Due date for Proposals Friday 7 October 2016 (12:00 UT)
  Final OTAC approved programme late December 2016
For approved proposals only:
  Start of Phase II proposal submission Tuesday 10 January 2017
  Closure of Phase II proposal submission Friday 3 February 2017
  Start of AO-16 observations May 2017

The official "Announcement of Opportunity" will be made public in the XMM-Newton News and on the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre Home Page.

XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-16

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB) has been updated to version 2.14 in preparation for the next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-16) which will open shortly.

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, pdf and postscript versions of the UHB can be downloaded from the "XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals" portal at


2016 XMM-Newton Workshop: Presentations available

The presentations given during the XMM-Newton Workshop "XMM-Newton: The Next Decade", that took place at ESAC from 9th to 11th May 2016, are available from the conference web page at


They are also accessible from the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) at



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XMM-Newton SOC