HOYS Citizen Science2022-05-25T17:04:23+01:00


The HOYS citizen science project works with amateur astronomers on long-term photometric monitoring of young stellar clusters to find outbursting and other interesting objects for detailed follow up as well as the study of star and planet formation processes. Watch our short INTRODUCTION VIDEO.


The database is currently offline for maintenance


The project aims to observe nearby, young clusters and star forming regions visible from the northern hemisphere to study their variable young stars. The target list currently contains 9 young clusters visible in the winter, 8 targets for the summer as well as 7 additional variable objects of interest.

We rely on amateur astronomers to use their imaging skills and equipment to monitor these target areas as often as possible in all available optical filters.

IC5070 Pelican

IC5070 Pelican Nebula, HOYS target 118

We are now a Global Sky Partner of Las Cumbres Observatory


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Lightcurve of the week 176

25 May 2022|

We have now started the database recovery and we will update everyone about the progress tomorrow via our social media accounts. While this is progressing, we have another look back [...]

Lightcurve of the week 175

17 May 2022|

While we are working on restoring the database, we have another look back at one of our earliest light curves. This week at the 8th post in the series, which [...]

Lightcurve of the week 174

12 May 2022|

With our database unavailable due to investigations of a corrupt data entry, let's have a throwback Thursday. Hence, let's look back at the very first light curve of the week, [...]

Lightcurve of the week 173

6 May 2022|

We stick with the winter targets for this week and look at the long term light curve of the object AH Ori. This is a know young variable star of [...]

Lightcurve of the week 172

29 April 2022|

This week we look at a young star in the NGC2264 star forming region - the Christmas Tree Cluster. This field has now set for observations, but will return in [...]

Lightcurve of the week 171

22 April 2022|

Similar to last week, we have a look at an object we investigated before to see how it is 'behaving'. We have a look at the young star GM Cep [...]

Lightcurve of the week 170

16 April 2022|

This week we revisit one of the objects we looked at before. The young variable star V982Cep in the NGC7129 star forming region. This region is very well placed (far [...]

HOYS-LCO2 Picture Competition

10 April 2022|

Our teacher training program HOYS-LCO2 is slowly coming to an end. This year 49 teachers from 11 countries signed up to learn how to observe with the LCO telescope network, [...]

Lightcurve of the week 169

8 April 2022|

This week we look again, at one of the Gaia alerts that occurred in one of our fields. This one, Gaia22bfj, was published on April 1st (no  joke) in the [...]

Lightcurve of the week 168

31 March 2022|

After many weeks of looking at light curves of young stars, we return to one of the other types of variable objects found in the HOYS data - Giant Stars. [...]

Lightcurve of the week 167

25 March 2022|

The observing season for our Winter targets is slowly coming to an end - the Summer targets are now rising shortly after midnight. Thus, we have a look at an [...]

Lightcurve of the week 166

18 March 2022|

This week we look back at the light curve of the Gaia alert object Gaia17bpi. The object increased its brightness by about 4 magnitudes over a period of about three [...]

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