A scientist tricks astronomy lovers with a slice of chorizo

A scientist tricks astronomy lovers with a slice of chorizo

It all starts on Sunday July 31, 2022. Étienne Klein, researcher at the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and presenter of a scientific program on french culture, post a photo on the internet. He has no idea that his prank will take so well.

“A new world is revealed day after day”

“Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years away from ushe says in the caption of his Twitter post. She was taken by the JWST [télescope James Webb, qui fait des merveilles]. This level of detail… A new world is revealed day after day. »

Read also: The James Webb Telescope reveals a spectacular image of the Cartwheel Galaxy.

A “simple joke too relayed”

Very quickly, Internet users react, share. Étienne Klein must face the facts, the singular appearance of his new planet does not necessarily arouse suspicion.

Under the admiring post of a Twittos, the scientist explained: “Dear Sir, it was a simple joke, which was relayed too much and I am sorry for that. The photo shows a slice of chorizo. »

On his own Twitter account, he added: “No object relating to Spanish charcuterie exists elsewhere than on Earth”.

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