A physicist teased Twitter fans this week with a stunning new photo from the James Webb Space Telescope, then surprised everyone by admitting it was just a slice of delicious chorizo.
Scientist Etienne Klein, Director of the French Committee on Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy, shared, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Photo on July 31. The image shows a reddish-orange round object on a black background that appears to be a view of a star.
“picture Proxima Centauri, nearest star to the sun, located 4.2 light-years away from us. Taken by JWST, “Klein wrote on Twitter (Opens in a new tab), according to Google Translate. “This level of detail… a new world is unfolding day by day.”
Photo de Proxima du Centaure, l’étoile la plus proche du Soleil, positionée à 4,2 année-lumière de nous.Elle a été prize par le JWST.Ce niveau de détails…Un nouveau monde se dévoile jour après jour. pic.twitter.com/88UBbHDQ7ZJuly 31, 2022
Klein’s photo went viral, collecting 19,000 likes and more than 3,000 retweets, prompting the scientist to explain that the photo was not from the famous James Webb Space Telescope, which The first scientific images have been released by NASA in July. Instead, it was a slice of Spanish chorizo sausage.
“Well, when it’s appetizing time, it seems my cognitive biases have a field day…” Klein added in Later Tweet (Opens in a new tab). According to contemporary cosmologyThere is no creature belonging to the Spanish Charcuterie anywhere but on Earth. “
Klein’s tweets seem to have sparked some angry comments from JWST fans, prompting the world to make it clear that it was meant to be fun.
“In light of some of the comments, I feel compelled to explain that this tweet showing an alleged shot of Proxima Centauri was a form of amusement.” he is Wrote (Opens in a new tab). “Let us learn to be wary of arguments from authority as much as from the spontaneous rhetoric of certain images.”
It is not surprising that Klein’s alleged JWST photo has gained such a wide audience. In July, NASA released the first scientific images from the new Space Observatory – the largest and most powerful space telescope humanity has ever built – and new images have been emerging since.
NASA launched a $10 billion JWST in December 2021 on a mission to see the first stars and galaxies in our universe. So far, photos from JWST have been revealed sudden supernovaAnd the The farthest star we’ve ever seen (called Earendel), a Stunning view of the Kartwell wheel galaxya Amazing Phantom Galaxy and the The deepest view of the universe we’ve ever seen.
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