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Exoplanets hidden in the gaps

Planets develop from the disk of dust and gas that surrounds a newly formed star. Observations of gaps in the disks of four such systems have allowed us to start unravelling the processes by which planets form.

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Figure 1: The young star HL Tauri.

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The author declares competing interests. P.H. was the Project Scientist for the Submillimeter Array on Mauna Kea, the forerunner of ALMA. He also led the ALMA project in Taiwan, and is a member of the Board of the ALMA project.

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Ho, P. Exoplanets hidden in the gaps. Nature 530, 169–170 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/530169a

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