Earlier this week, French physicist Etienne Klein published a photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our known star, about 4.2 light years away. The photo was great and quickly garnered thousands of likes.
There was only one problem: the photo was actually just a piece of chorizo.
As IGN translated, Klein originally posted a photo with the caption, “The closest image of Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the Sun, 4.2 light years away.” The photo was taken by [James Webb Space Telescope]. This level of detail… a new world is being discovered day by day. ”
Image of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, 4.2 light years away.
She was taken by JWST.
This level of detail… A new world is discovered day after day. pic.twitter.com/88UBbHDQ7Z
– Etienne Klein (@EtienneKlein) July 31, 2022
It quickly turned out that the photo was false; one scientist joke.
“Well, when it’s time for an aperitif, the cognitive biases seem to take a day in the field, so watch out for them.” Klein wrote on Twitter. “According to modern cosmology, no Spanish sausage item exists anywhere except on Earth.”
He then warned against disinformation on the Internet.
“When I see certain comments, I feel compelled to determine if the tweet showing the supposed snapshot from Proxima Centauri was a form of amusement. Then we must avoid the arguments of authority as well as the spontaneous eloquence of some images. “
If Klein wanted to highlight the disinformation, then mission accomplished. The tweet has been reported in several major publications around the world and is still circulating on the Internet.
Fortunately, there are many actual images from the James Webb Space Telescope, which was successfully deployed on January 24. The telescope’s mission is to view objects too distant and faint for the Hubble Space Telescope. His first photo was posted on Twitter by President Biden, and then he also returned other photos.
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Images of the James Webb Space Telescope