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James Webb Space Telescope zooms in on other worlds & Planetary Radio's Mat Kaplan reflects on 20 years of hosting

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The James Webb Space Telescope shares an early look at the atmospheric makeup of an exoplanet, a planet outside our own solar system. Photo: NASA
The James Webb Space Telescope shares an early look at the atmospheric makeup of an exoplanet, a planet outside our own solar system. Photo: NASA

The James Webb Space Telescope is giving us stunning views of far-away galaxies, dying stars, and cosmic nurseries. The telescope also has the ability to peer at far-away planets and see what their atmospheres are made of, getting us one step closer to answering one of astronomy’s biggest questions: Are we alone?

We'll speak with Paul Byrne, a planetary scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, about how JWST is helping us take a closer look at planets outside our own solar system.

Then, for two decades, Mat Kaplan hosted Planetary Radio from the Planetary Society. "I have been saying for years and years, my two favorite things outside of family are space and radio," said Kaplan.

This year, he’s retiring. We check in with Mat before he hangs up his headphones.

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to Central Florida in 2005 to attend the University of Central Florida. He began working at WMFE as a college intern where he discovered his love for public radio.