In brief:

  • Comet ISON disintigrates as it passes the sun.
  • Signature of water found in five exoplanets.
  • New record distance for planet found orbiting a star. 

Quantum memory 'world record' smashedQuantum Computers use the weird behaviour of individual atoms to be in many places at once (described in Quantum Theory), which gives them the potential of awesome power and speed for particular kinds of application. [Read more about Quantum memory 'world record' smashed (BBC News report)]

  • Asteroid P/2013 P5Asteroid P/2013 P5: an unusual asteroid with six comet-like trails (of dust) was discovered by the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii and subsequently photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Confirmation of the most distant galaxy ever found has been made with the Keck I telescope in Hawaii: we see it just 700 million years after the Big Bang.

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