A French scientist mistook the photo of a salami for a new planet

This was the photograph with which the scientist joked (Photo: Twitter/@EtienneKlein)

a recognized French physicist, was forced to apologize after posting a photo which said to have been taken by NASA’s new telescope, James Webbut actually it was a piece of cut salami.

Etienne Kleina renowned philosopher and researcher who falls as director of the Commissariat for Atomic Energy and Renewable Energies (CEA, for its acronym in French), cleared up the joke to his followers saying that “no object belonging to the Spanish charcuterie existed in another place that was not the earth”.

The scientist made a publication on his personal Twitter platform last Tuesday, where he showed what, according to him, was the last photograph of the star. Proxima Centauri that the popular had taken James Webb Space Telescope.

The photo showed a red ball of cosmic energy very bright, which was totally marked by strong solar storms churning across the star’s surface.

“A photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun, located 4.2 light years from us”, the renowned physicist tweeted. “It was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. That level of detail… A new world is revealed to us day by day.”

Subsequently He clarified that everything had been a jokewhich was more believable and “naughty” due to the lack of resolution in the image.

Klein did not realize that many netizens couldn’t understand his jokewhich he simply published with the aim that people do not trust all the information and visual material published by reputable people or who are in positions of authority.

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The prank was posted on his Twitter (Screenshots: Twitter/@EtienneKlein)

Last Wednesday, he extended his apology as a Twitter thread.

“In view of some comments, I feel compelled to clarify that this tweet, which shows an alleged snapshot of Proxima Centauri, it was a joke. We must allow ourselves to be so suspicious of the arguments of people with authority as of the spontaneous eloquence of certain images”.

“Well, when it comes time to eat, cognitive biases seem to go on a picnic. In fact, the photo had a very bad and low resolution that made the joke more believable and, therefore, more toxic! Etienne Klein without losing the touch of fun.

A new real image from the James Webb Telescope

The spiral galaxy NGC 628, also known as Messier 74Fan galaxy or even ‘the perfect galaxy’, for its coiled arms, It has been photographed by many telescopes on the ground, as well as by the Hubble or Spitzer space telescopes.

But any previous images of this spectacular galaxy do not compare to the one recently obtained by NASA’s latest jewel: the Space Telescope james webb, which is taking its first steps in the observation of the Universe and amazes specialists day by day.

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Etienne Klein, renowned French physicist (Photo: File)

It was not NASA or its partners such as the European Space Agency who has revealed the unpublished image. It was Gabriel Brammer, a Danish scientist who works as a professor at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark. And he did it by processing the public data of the James Webb, accessible to anyone in the world.

On July 12, NASA not only spread the five images that we all could see, but also it also made available to the scientific community all the information obtained so far by the telescope and its four instruments. And, apparently, among all this data were three sets differentiated by different wavelengths taken in the mid-infrared. from them, Gabriel Brammer ‘translated’ red, green and blue, combining them to produce the image we now see.


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