Most people will be familiar with snow on Earth, but it seems there may be blizzards in space too. Astronomers have seen a mixture of ice, water and snow in the disk of dust and gas surround a young star. But while on Earth snow can mean a day of sledging and chaos on the roads, in space it may be a fundamental part of the formation of planets.

When stars are young, they are often surrounded by a disk of dust and gas that stretches for billions of miles, from which planets can be born. Because of the heat from the star, any water too close to the star itself would be gas, but after a certain distance the water transitions from gas straight to solid ice, because of the low pressure. FULL REPORT