HOYS Citizen Science2023-01-27T12:44:39+00:00

HUNTING OUTBURSTING
YOUNG STARS

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.

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The database is OFFLINE! – See NEWS for details.

HOYS CITIZEN SCIENCE

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, 9 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

HOYS NEEDS YOUR HELP

We’ve got a lot of images (~3,000) in our database that need a little processing done on them so that the data can be extracted. It’s not difficult to do and with a little help from you we can clear the backlog and get all that useful data into the database. If you can help please Get In Touch. Thanks

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LATEST NEWS

Database Offline

27 January 2023|

We have had to take the database offline to repair our server. Multiple of the disks in the raid system storing all the data (mostly the images) have started to [...]

Lightcurve of the week 211

25 January 2023|

This week we look at the light curve of LkHa137. This is a young star in the Pelican Nebula region. It is situated in a dark part of the molecular [...]

Lightcurve of the week 210

18 January 2023|

This week we have a look at some ongoing research -  something that will hopefully get published in the medium term future. In the past we have shown how to [...]

Lightcurve of the week 209

13 January 2023|

This week we look back at the first object posted in this feature last year. The Gaia Alert object Gaia22aai. It is situated in the Pelican Nebula (IC5070) target region, [...]

Lightcurve of the week 208

3 January 2023|

Happy New Year and Happy 4th Birthday to our light curve of the week feature! This week we finish our round of thanks to participants to the HOYS project. We [...]

Lightcurve of the week 207

28 December 2022|

This week we continue our round of thanks to participants to the HOYS project. We have a short description of the group at the Astrolab IRIS observatory in Belgium, who [...]

Lightcurve of the week 206

22 December 2022|

I have been thanking our contributors to the project many times in the past. In most cases this has been very general and 'anonymous' without mentioning any specific names. Indeed [...]

Lightcurve of the week 205

14 December 2022|

This week we look at a Gaia alert from a few years ago in the HOYS field L1641N. The object in question is Gaia19amy, or otherwise known as the variable [...]

Lightcurve of the week 204

8 December 2022|

This week we have a short outlook on some general statistical analysis we are working one. As mentioned before, we have used the latest Gaia data release to identify all [...]

Lightcurve of the week 203

1 December 2022|

This week we are looking at the light curve with probably the least amount of data points we ever had in this feature - now almost at it's 4th anniversary. [...]

Lightcurve of the week 202

24 November 2022|

This is the first time we are looking at the same star twice in two weeks, i.e. we have another more detailed look at the light curve of the variable [...]

Lightcurve of the week 201

18 November 2022|

This week we look at the light curve of the variable star V1787Ori. It is situated South of the Orion Nebula in the HOYS target field called L1641N. This is [...]

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