French Scientist Etienne Klein Reveals The Truth Behind His Viral ‘Proxima Centauri’ Post


World renowned French scientist Etienne Klein gained everyone’s attention when he posted a posted a photo of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun, on social media. While Klein claimed that the photo was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, it instantly grabbed a lot of attention. He shared the photo on Twitter a few days back and wrote, “A new world is revealed day after day.”

While the post grabbed a lot of attention and space enthusiasts seemed pretty fascinated with the detailed image of the star, Klein admitted that the image was of a slice of Spanish chorizo sausage. “I come to present my apologies to those whom my hoax, which had nothing original about it, may have shocked. He simply wanted to urge caution with images that seem eloquent on their own,” he tweeted.

In another tweet Klein wrote, “In view of some comments, I feel compelled to clarify that this tweet showing an alleged snapshot of Proxima Centauri was a form of amusement. Let us learn to be wary of arguments from authority as much as of the spontaneous eloquence of certain images.”

With a few Twitter users expressing their discontent to Klein’s tweet, the renowned scientist tried to win over the internet by sharing a real photo of the Chariot Wheel galaxy taken by James Webb Space Telescope.

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