Hunting Outbursting Young Stars with the Centre of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences

This projects aims to work together with amateur astronomers in long term photometric monitoring of young stellar clusters to find outbursting objects for detailed follow up study.
This webpage summarises our results, and hosts the talks given at the introduction workshop as well as others that presented results from the project.

Observations

Instructions for Observations

Log of existing Observations

     Statistics of existing Observations

Target Lists

Currently variable objects from Gaia alert list:

NumberObject Name / Gaia alert IDRA (J2000)DEC (J2000)Notes
201V2492 Cyg / Gaia16aft20 51 26+44 05 24Outburst >6mag of V2492Cyg - known eruptive star, near IC5070
202V898 Ori / Gaia16agu05 40 26-07 05 371 mag decline in YSO V898 Ori
203YY Ori / Gaia16agv05 34 48-05 57 57> 1 mag decline in YSO YY Ori (Herbig Ae/Be star)
2042MASS J21532984+4718041 / Gaia16aez21 53 30+47 18 04VERY FAINT! In IC5146. Sudden drop in flux in YSO 2MASS J21532984+4718041
205V350 Cep / Gaia16alt21 43 00+66 11 281.5 mag decline in YSO V* V350 Cep, near NGC7129
2062MASS J05464514+003464 / Gaia16alu05 46 45+00 03 47YSO has faded 0.8 mags, near NGC2068
2072MASS J03323300+3102216 / Gaia16bft03 32 33+31 02 221.5mag dip in a young stellar object, 0.7deg from NGC1333
208ASASSN -13db / Gaia17aeq05 10 11-03 28 26Highly variable YSO
2092MASS J21010258+5227086 / Gaia16blg21 01 03+52 27 09YSO 2MASS J21010258+5227086 showing 0.5 mag dip
210V555 Ori / Gaia17afn05 35 09-04 46 521.5 mag brightening of YSO V555 Ori

Winter Target List:

NumberCluster/Region NameRA (J2000)DEC (J2000)Notes
001NGC 133303 29 02+31 20 54
002IC 34803 44 34+32 09 48
006Lambda - Ori Cluster05 35 06+09 56 00
003M4205 35 17-05 23 28Orion Nebula
007L 1641 N Cluster05 36 19-06 22 12
005Sigma - Ori Cluster05 38 45-02 36 00
009NGC 206805 46 46+00 04 12
008NGC 224406 31 55+04 56 30Rosette Nebula
004NGC 226406 40 58+09 53 42Christmas Tree Cluster

Summer Target List:

NumberCluster/Region NameRA (J2000)DEC (J2000)Notes
101Cygnus XAnywhere from 74deg to 86deg Galactic Longitute and -3deg to +5deg Galactic Latitude (there are many young clusters in this area)
112MWSC 327420 11 13 +37 27 00within the Cygnus X region
111MWSC 330120 17 47 +38 01 59P Cyg Cluster, within the Cygnus X region
110Berkeley 8620 20 12 +38 41 24within the Cygnus X region
118IC 507020 51 00 +44 22 00Pelican Nebula
117NGC 700020 58 47 +44 19 48Large 2.5deg field around North America Nebula
115IC 1396 A21 36 35 +57 30 36Elephant Trunk Nebula in IC 1396
113IC 139621 39 00 +57 29 24Large 2.5deg field around central star
114IC 1396 N21 40 42 +58 16 06in IC 1396
116NGC 712921 42 56 +66 06 12
119IC 514621 53 29+47 16 01Cocoon Nebula

Alert Pages for Transients that might be of interest:

GAIA Allerts
ASASSN Allerts