XMM-Newton-NEWS  #206,    20-Feb-2018

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  • XSAv9.8.1 release
  • Conference Announcement: "Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe"
  • Workshop Announcement: "Ultra-luminous X-ray Pulsars"

XSAv9.8.1 release

A new version of the XMM-Newton Science Archive, XSAv9.8.1, is available at


This release includes, among other improvements, a new design of the main Search panel, and an upgrade to the XSA Table Access Protocol to TAP+.

Also, the region around the target can be explored at other wavelengths through the links to ESASky (http://sky.esa.int) that have been included in the results panels.

Conference Announcement: "Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe"

The second conference dedicated to the Athena X-ray observatory, "Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe", will be held in Palermo (Italy), from 24th to 27th September 2018.

The event gives the astrophysical community the opportunity to discuss the status of the mission and its prospective scientific impact, also in the light of possible future X-ray missions, of synergies with multi-wavelength facilities that will be operational at the end of the next decade, and of the advent of multi-messenger astronomy.

Contributed talks or posters can be submitted through the conference web page


Deadline for submission is February 23, 2018.

Workshop Announcement: "Ultra-luminous X-ray Pulsars"

The workshop "Ultra-luminous X-ray Pulsars" will take place from 6th to 8th June 2018 at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid, Spain.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts on observations, modelling, and evolution of the recently discovered class of ultra-luminous X-ray pulsars, i.e., accreting neutron stars that exceed their Eddington limit by several orders of magnitude.

Registration and abstract submission deadline is 31st March, 2018.

More details are given at



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