French scientist reveals ‘The star Proxima Centauri’ was actually slice of sausage
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French scientist reveals ‘The star Proxima Centauri’ was actually slice of sausage

Étienne Klein, a well-known physicist and director of the French Commission for Alternative Energy, shared the photo of the Spanish spicy salami on his Twitter profile.

A French scientist apologized after tweeting a photo of a slice of chorizo – a type of Spanish salami – claiming it was an image of a distant star taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Étienne Klein, a well-known physicist and director of the French Commission for Alternative Energy and Atomic Energy, shared the photo of the Iberian spicy salami on his Twitter profile last week, praising the “level of detail” provided by the telescope. “The image of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us. It was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. This level of detail … A new world is being revealed every day,” he chirped. the scientist, who can boast over 90,000 followers on Twitter.

Instead, Klein admitted in a series of update tweets that he only wanted to make fun of his followers; the image was, in reality, a close-up of a slice of salami on a black background and its purpose – stated only later – was to invite everyone to check the news they find on the net, even when to give it they are internationally renowned scientists like him.

That tweet however turned out to be a boomerang. Étienne Klein was overwhelmed by the controversy and thousands of his followers accused him of having improperly teased network users without the necessary knowledge to distinguish a hoax from real news. “In light of the comments, I feel compelled to specify that this tweet showing an alleged photo of Proxima Centauri was a joke. We learn to be wary of the authorities even when the images speak for themselves.”

In public fine of him, the physicist posted an image of the spectacular Cartwheel galaxy, assuring followers that this time the photo was true.