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Variable snow lines affect planet formation

Observations of the disk of dust and gas around a nascent star reveal that the distance from the star at which water in the disk forms ice is variable. This variation might hinder the formation of planets. See Letter p.258

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Figure 1: Variable snow lines in the V883 Orionis system.

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Matthews, B. Variable snow lines affect planet formation. Nature 535, 237–238 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/535237a

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