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Seeing the clouds of Titan

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NASA, ESA, CSA, W. M. Keck Observatory. A. Pagan (STScI)
Evolution of clouds on Titan over 30 hours between Nov. 4 and Nov. 6, 2022, as seen by Webb NIRCam (left) and Keck NIRC-2 (right).

The Webb Space Telescope has captured weather on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn.

It’s an incredible observation, made possible by the telescope’s massive mirror, its orbit and the use of near-infrared sensors.

And it shouldn’t be the only image of clouds on other worlds. We’ll talk with planetary scientist Paul Byrne about how this is just the beginning, and how the Webb telescope will help us peer into the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system.

Then, as NASA’s Orion spacecraft makes its way home after a trip to the moon, we’ll look back at NASA’s last moon shot Apollo and how it compares to NASA’s Artemis program, the agency’s new lunar program. We'll revisit a conversation with UCF history professor Amy Foster, which first aired August 23, 2022

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.
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