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 31 July 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. She has no idea that her joke will go so well.

“A new world unfolds day after day”

“Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from ushe says in the caption of his Twitter post. It was taken from the JWST [télescope James Webb, qui fait des merveilles]. This level of detail … A new world unfolds 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, they share. Étienne Klein must face the facts, the singular aspect of his new planet does not necessarily arouse suspicion.

Under the admiration of a Twitos, the scientist explained: “Dear Sir, it was a simple joke, which has been relayed too much and I apologize for that. The photo shows a slice of chorizo. “

On his Twitter account, he added: “No objects related to Spanish cured meats exist anywhere except on Earth”.

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