An artist's illustration shows ice vaporizing into a gas from Comet 238P/Read as its orbit approaches the sun. (Photo/VCG)
Astronomers used the James Webb Space Telescope to observe water around a comet located in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
The space observatory detected water vapor around Comet Read, which suggests that water ice can be preserved in a warmer part of the solar system.
The James Webb Space Telescope captures an image of Comet 238P/Read using its NIRCam instrument. (Photo/VCG)