Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A snow line in an infant solar system: Astronomers take first images.

This is from the University of Michigan News Service:
Published on Jul 18, 2013
ANN ARBOR—Like the elevation in the Rocky Mountains where the snow caps begin, a snow line in a solar system is the point where falling temperatures freeze and clump together water or other chemical compounds that would otherwise be vapor. Astronomers believe snow lines in space serve a vital role in forming planets because frozen moisture can help dust grains stick together. 
Astronomers have, for the first time, directly imaged a snow line at another star.
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