A French scientist has apologized for posting a photograph of a mug of Spanish chorizo that he passed off as an image of a distant star. Thus, he wanted to call for caution regarding “obvious images”. For a series of tweets drew CNN’s attention.
Renowned physicist and director of the French Commission for Alternative Sources and Atomic Energy Etienne Klein published a snapshot of a slice of chorizo, passing it off as a photo of Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the Sun. Klein praised the “level of detail” in the image allegedly taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.
The photo gained more than 15 thousand “likes”, it was shared by more than two thousand people who believed the scientist at his word.
Klein later apologized for the deception. He stated that in this way he wanted to “call for caution in relation to seemingly obvious images.” In addition, the scientist published a photo of the Cartwheel – a galaxy located 500 million light years from Earth. Klein assured that this time the photo the present.
- The James Webb Space Telescope was launched into space in December 2021. This is a joint project of NASA, European and Canadian space agencies. James Webb is one of the most ambitious projects in world astronomy. The device cost NASA ten billion dollars. It has been developed and prepared for launch for 25 years. Moreover, its estimated service life does not exceed ten years. After that, it will run out of fuel, which will not allow it to be kept in the orbit necessary for operation.