French scientist Etienne Klein has apologized on Twitter for a hoax that passed off a slice of chorizo as a snapshot of the star Proxima Centauri, a gesture that was meant
to 'encourage caution
' about the images circulating on social networks.
I come to present my apologies to those whom my hoax, which had nothing original, could shock.
He simply wanted to encourage caution with images that seem eloquent by themselves
, ”tweeted Wednesday August 3 Étienne Klein, physicist and philosopher of science.
On Sunday, the French scientist posted a photo of a slice of chorizo on a black background, claiming it was an image of the closest star to the Sun, taken 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 Étienne Klein above the photo on a tweet.
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Director of research at the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Étienne Klein, 64, is also the producer of the radio program “
Science en questions
” on France Culture.
His publication, revealed by the online media HuffPost, has been widely shared on social networks in recent hours.