Spanish meat or space star? Scientist’s tweet about ‘distant star’ is actually a piece of chorizo

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A renowned French scientist has apologized for tweeting a photo of a piece of chorizo, claiming it was a deep space image of a “distant star” taken by James Webb Space Telescope.

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Etienne Klein, physicist and research director of the Commission for Alternative Energy and Atomic Energy of France., last week shared a snapshot of a spicy Spanish sausage on social media, applauding the “level of detail” it provided.

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“A snapshot of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located at a distance of 4.2 light years from us. It was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. This level of detail… Every day a new world opens up,” he tweeted. Sunday is his over 91,000 subscribers.

Images from the $10 billion telescope launched on December 25, 2021 went viral throughout July. how his first images were published. A scientific marvel, a joint project between NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency. already traveled 1 million miles through space.

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A few days after his post, Klein revealed that the photo he posted on Twitter was not taken from the most powerful space telescope in the world. Instead, he admitted to tweeting a piece of reddish speckled meat.

“When it’s aperitif time, cognitive biases seem to have a field day…then beware of them” he beat in further tweets. “According to modern cosmology, no object belonging to the Spanish sausage exists anywhere but on Earth.”

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“I feel compelled to clarify that this tweet showing an alleged image of Proxima Centauri was a form of entertainment. Let’s learn to be as wary of authority arguments as we are of the spontaneous eloquence of certain images,” he wrote in a Google translation. .

Natalie Neisa Alund covers USA TODAY trending news. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter. @nataliealund.




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