On Sunday, the scientist posted a photo ofa slice of chorizo on a black background asserting that it was a image of the star closest to the Suntaken with the brand new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). “Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us. She was taken by the JWST. This level of detail… A new world is revealed day after day“, commented Etienne Klein above the photo in a tweet.
Its publication, revealed by the online media HuffPosthad some success on social networks, with 1334 retweets, 10,000 mentions “I like“. And deceived many people.
“I was surprised by how big it got: I thought the image was going to be immediately detected as fake.”
“When I saw that a great journalist from BFMTV was ecstatic and that he risked spreadI told him that it was a joke. He took it with a lot of humor“, recounted Etienne Klein. “I then presented excuses because obviously, some have the impression of having been taken for chitterlings, which is not the case at all“, pleaded the researcher, also producer of the show “Science in questionon France Culture.