A French scientist has apologized after posting a photo on Twitter that he claimed was taken by the James Webb Telescope. The scientist said it was a picture of a star, but it turned out to be a slice of chorizo.
Etienne Klein, world-renowned scientist and director of the French Nuclear Commissioner CEA, shared a photo of the chorizo last week.
The scientist wrote: “Image of Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the Sun, about 4.2 light-years away. This image was taken by the James Webb Telescope. These details … a new world is being discovered every day,” the scientist wrote to him. 91,000 followers.
Nothing turned out to be any less true, but so far thousands of his followers have either grabbed or responded to the tweet. Klein later said in a few later messages that he wasn’t a star, but a slice of Spanish sausage. “as soon as cocktail hour It seems that cognitive bias (the systematic fallacies that people make when forming judgment) can do its job just fine…beware of that. According to contemporary cosmology, the body associated with the Spanish Charcuterie exists only on Earth,” the scientist joked.
But not all of his followers can laugh at this. After several angry messages, Klein wrote: “Given the comments I’m receiving, I feel compelled to determine that this tweet showing the alleged photo of Proxima Centauri was a joke.” He also later apologized, explaining that he wanted to warn about the way people sometimes believe things right away.
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