A physicist wowed Twitter fans this week with a stunning new photo from the James Webb Space Telescope, then surprised everyone by admitting it was just a piece of delicious chorizo.
Scientist Étienne Klein, director of France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, shared the claim James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) photo dated July 31. The photo shows a round, reddish-orange object on a black background that looks like the view of a star.
“Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to it The sun, 4.2 light-years away from us. She was kidnapped by the JWST,” Klein wrote on Twitter (opens in new tab), according to a Google translation. “That attention to detail… a new world is revealed every day.”
Photo de Proxima du Centaure, l’étoile la plus proche du Soleil, située à 4.2 année-lumière de nous.Elle a été prize par le JWST.Ce niveau de details… Un new monde se devoile jour après jour. pic.twitter.com/88UBbHDQ7ZJuly 31, 2022
Klein’s photo went viral, garnering 19,000 likes and more than 3,000 retweets, prompting the scientist to clarify that the image was not from the famous James Webb Space Telescope, whose first science photos were published from NASA in July. Instead, it was a piece of Spanish chorizo sausage.
“Well, when it’s time for the aperitif, cognitive bias seems to be having a big day…” Klein added subsequent tweet (opens in new tab). “After contemporary cosmologythere is no other object on earth that belongs to Spanish cured meats.”
Klein’s tweets apparently drew some angry comments from JWST fans, prompting the scientist to clarify that it was meant to be fun.
“In light of some of the comments, I feel compelled to clarify that this tweet claiming to show a snapshot of Proxima Centauri was a form of amusement.” huh wrote (opens in new tab). “Let us learn to be as wary of arguments from authority as we are of the spontaneous eloquence of certain images.”
Unsurprisingly, Klein’s alleged JWST image found such a wide audience. In July, NASA released the first scientific images of the new space observatory — the largest, most powerful space telescope mankind has built to date — and new images have been released ever since.
NASA launched the $10 billion JWST in December 2021 with a mission to see the first stars and galaxies in our universe. Images of JWST have been revealed so far a surprising supernova, the most distant star we have ever seen (it is called Earendel), a breathtaking view of the Cartwheel galaxyand dizzying phantom galaxy and the deepest view of the universe we have ever seen.
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