The James Webb Space Telescope has caught the attention of the whole globe with its mesmerizing photographs of far-off galaxies. On July 31, Etienne Klein, head of the French Commission for Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy, tweeted a photo claiming that the JWST had photographed Proxima Centauri, the nearest known star to the Sun. The french scientist admits space image was actually a slice of chorizo
Scientist admits space image was actually a slice of chorizo and apologize
Captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, this level of detail…a new world is being revealed every day,” Klein told his more than 91,000 followers on Twitter. Thousands of people took the post at face value and retweeted it without comment, according to Engadget.
A few days later Klein admitted that what he shared was actually a photo of a slice of chorizo on a black background, Klein said: “In view of certain comments, I feel obliged to specify that this tweet showing an alleged picture of Proxima Centauri was a joke, Let’s learn to be wary of the arguments from positions of authority as much as the spontaneous eloquence of certain images.”
Klein later apologized for the prank and told French news outlet Le Point (via Vice) that he had posted the image to educate the public about the threat of fake news, “I also think that if I hadn’t said it was a James Webb photo, it wouldn’t have been so successful,”
Klein provided the most current picture of the Cartwheel galaxy that the JWST has taken. He quickly assured his followers that the picture was real this time.
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