Search the XMM-Newton source catalog. Query can be any column name and constraint on its value glued by AND/OR with another constraint. Column name can be: SC_RA, SC_DEC, SC_POSERR, SC_DET_ML, SC_EXTENT, SC_FVAR, SC_EP_8_FLUX and others.

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jan 2016
New features of the XMM-Newton photon database. Try photons extraction from an observation of 1E 1547.0-5408, a well-known magnetar, and see its pulsations for yourself. 7000+ XMM-Newton observations and ~100 billion calibrated and barycentered photons are accessible from this website.
nov 2015
Talk on the efficient XMM-Newton data management at ESO/ESA Science Operations 2015 workshop
oct 2015
Tutorial on photon database access and coherent pulsations search right in a web browser on this website at ADASS (slides)
oct 2015
Early version of the XMM-Newton photon database released
jul 2015
The new query parser adds ability to do arithmetical operations and constraints between catalog columns, e.g. one can now say to the search something like "sc_ep_8_fmax / sc_ep_8_fmin > 2" to select sources with the maximum flux more than twice larger than the minimum one, or filter sources with band 1 flux larger than band 2 using "sc_ep_1_flux > sc_ep_2_flux" construct — of course all this can be plugged into a larger query using AND/OR clauses.


This website provides experimental access to the XMM-Newton source catalog 3XMM-DR5 and some of its associated data products. Launched in 1999, the XMM-Newton satellite is the major European X-ray observatory-class telescope that is operated by the European Space Agency (ESA). The XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre has run the pipeline that processed data of 7781 XMM-Newton observations that took place between 2000 and mid 2013 covering 2.6% of the sky and compiled present catalog. It comprises 565,962 individual detections of 396,910 unique X-ray sources and so far it is the largest existing X-ray catalog.

Here you can:

  • search the sources table
  • explore data on individual detections of sources you selected
  • fit X-ray spectra of detections
  • download any associated data products for own analysis
  • plot search results
  • build Virtual Observatory workflows to study lists of sources

Please note that this website is in its early beta stage. Feel free to report the issues and vote for requested features at dedicated user feedback page. If you find this website useful for your research, please include its URL and the reference to Zolotukhin et al. (in prep.) in your publications.