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Scientist's image of Proxima Centauri turns out to be sausage

By T.K. Randall
August 9, 2022 · Comment icon 19 comments

Proxima Centauri looks like a slice of chorizo, apparently. Image Credit: Twitter / Etienne KLEIN
A prominent scientist was forced to apologize after posting a photo of some sausage and claiming that it was a star.
It there's one group of people we tend to look up to when it comes to telling the truth, it's astrophysicsts, which is why this latest prank pulled by French scientist Etienne Klein - director of research at France's Atomic Energy Commission - didn't go down particularly well.

It all started on July 31st when Klein posted a photograph on his Twitter account showing what he claimed to be a photograph of Proxima Centauri taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.

"Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light-years from us," he wrote. "It was taken by the JWST. This level of detail... A new world is revealing itself day by day."

His followers were initially wowed by the detail in the photograph - that was, at least, until it was revealed that the image didn't show Proxima Centauri at all.
The object in the picture was in fact a slice of sausage meat.

Unsurprisingly, this revelation did not go down very well and Klein was ultimately forced to apologize.

He also indicated that the prank had sought to encourage people "to be wary of arguments from people in positions of authority as well as the spontaneous eloquence of certain images."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 2 years ago
He needs to tell us which images (assuming from Nasa) he's referring to as doctored.
Comment icon #11 Posted by taniwha 2 years ago
The asteroid belt in HD  
Comment icon #12 Posted by Gumball 2 years ago
Maybe the moon really is made of cheese.
Comment icon #13 Posted by psyche101 2 years ago
Comment icon #14 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 2 years ago
Thus guy's a legend 
Comment icon #15 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
The bottom line.....I will hardly ever trust the astronomers again.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Alchopwn 2 years ago
The problem is that if Prof. Etienne Klein hadn't come clean about the prank, due to his academic position a large number of people would have begun analyzing the data seriously.  It is a bit like that British spy in the Caribbean who sent MI6 an unlabeled blueprint for a vacuum cleaner telling them it was some sort of nuclear weapon, and some pretty senior engineers spent a decade trying to retro-engineer what it all meant.  Wasted resources of course is what it meant.  That being said, it was an awesome prank. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
NASA's Webb telescope reveals 'incredible' image of Jupiter The world’s biggest space telescope has revealed new images of Jupiter, showing the planet like never before. Scientists revealed the shots of the solar system’s biggest planet on Monday, showing Jupiter’s auroras and all. The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, highlighting the detailed views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights.   *I hope it's not a chorizo again...
Comment icon #18 Posted by Stiff 2 years ago
Meh, it's been going on for years 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Golden Duck 2 years ago
If this is meant to be humour, it's an offal joke.

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