the french physicist Etienne Klein he played a prank on social network users by sharing a photo of a slice of chorizo, to pass it off as one of the star Proxima Centauri.
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Through his Twitter account, Klein “incited caution” with this photographsince he considered that the dissemination of science on social networks is not always reliable or correctly informs people.
In the photograph, the slice of chorizo appears on a black background; and in the description of it, Klein stated that it was the closest star to the Sun, Proxima Centauri, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
“Picture of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us. It was taken over by the JWST. What a level of detail… A new world unfolds day after day,” Klein wrote on Twitter.
Photo of Proxima du Centaure, l’étoile la plus proche du Soleil, situated at 4.2 année-lumière de nous.
Elle a été prize par le JWST.
Ce level de détails… A nouveau monde is revealed jour après jour. pic.twitter.com/88UBbHDQ7Z
—Etienne KLEIN (@EtienneKlein) July 31, 2022
Days after the joke, this Physicist commented to the AFP agency that he was surprised by the scope of his publication.
“I thought it would be immediately detected as fake. And when I saw that an important journalist from BFMTV [un canal de noticias francés de 24 horas] He was excited about the subject and that he was at risk of spreading it, I told him it was a joke… He took it with great humor, “he mentioned.
Etienne Klein is Director of research at the Commissariat for Atomic Energy and Renewable Energies in France, producer of “Science in questions” on Radio France and writes for ‘L’esprit du corps’.
He currently resides in Paris and has more than 92,400 followers on Twitter.