27 May 1402 at 22:21
In a remarkable move, the James Webb Space Telescope has managed to capture a completely different comet. This comet is surrounded by water and gives us important information about Earth’s past.
James Webb usually targets distant and large celestial bodies, and we are more used to his images of galaxies that are thousands or even millions of light years away from Earth. However, this time NASA’s powerful telescope has gone to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter to capture a very important image. The James Webb telescope’s image of a comet could help scientists solve the mystery of the solar system’s past.
The James Webb Telescope and an important discovery in an asteroid belt comet
This is the first time humans have been able to observe water vapor (and gas in general) around a comet from the main asteroid belt. This shows that water could have been present in this region in the form of ice in the early stages of the evolution of the solar system. Scientists believe that a comet called Comet 238P/Read could provide important evidence regarding some interesting theories. According to these theories, the water on earth came to this earth by comets and asteroids.
Previously, scientists had seen objects in the main asteroid belt that had all the characteristics of a comet, but there was doubt in this field. However, now with the accurate data of the James Webb telescope, it can be said with certainty that water in the form of ice caused this effect. The James Webb telescope image of Comet Read clearly shows that this asteroid belt had the ability to retain water in the early days of the solar system.
Of course, an unexpected subject has also been discovered in the new picture. Previously, scientists knew that 10% of the liquid in comets consists of carbon dioxide; But there is no sign of it in Comet 238P/Read.