A top French physicist has issued an apology after claiming that a picture of a chorizo slice was taken by NASA’s brand-new space telescope.
Etienne Klein, the scientific head of the French Atomic Energy Commission, posted on social media that “no item from Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere but on Earth.” According to the scientist’s tweet from last Sunday, the image was captured by the James Webb Space Telescope and showed the star Proxima Centauri (JWST).
The closest star to the Sun, Proxima Centauri, is 4.2 light years away from Earth. Mr. Klein tweeted a picture of it.
“The JWST abducted her. This level of specificity Every day a new world is revealed.”
The Proxima Centauri Image.
Proxima Centauri, the star that is nearest to Earth, is 5.9 trillion miles distant.
Many Twitter users caught Mr. Klein’s joke, but one added another jab in response: “This was Proxima Centauri’s last image. This is a significant advance.”
Etienne Klein apologized after sharing an image of Chorizo and saying it was a star (Image: Wiki Commons/Etienne Klein)
Stephan’s Quintet, a visual grouping of five galaxies (Image: NASA)
On Wednesday, he said in a different post, “In light of recent remarks, I feel forced to clarify that my tweet exhibiting a claimed photo of Proxima Centauri was a kind of entertainment.
Let’s learn to be skeptical of authoritative arguments just as much as we should be of the impromptu eloquence of some visuals.
He admonished his 89,000 followers to exercise caution, stating that only the Earth is the home of Spanish charcuterie.
‘I come to offer my apologies to anybody who may have been horrified by my hoax, which had nothing novel about it,” Mr. Klein said.
The First Images Of JWST.
The JWST’s first celestial objects to be photographed were colliding galaxies, gas-giant exoplanets, and dying star systems.
The Hubble Space Telescope, which was developed 30 years earlier and is still in use, is 100 times less sensitive than the new telescope.
The findings made by JWST may be unintended or provide solutions to unasked for issues in astronomy.
The Near-Infrared Imager And Slitless Spectrograph.
The Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph, one of Webb’s equipment, is led by René Doyon “Who can predict what will happen to JWST. But there will definitely be a lot of surprises for us.”
Astronomers are getting ready for something that no one could have ever predicted would exist in the universe, according to John Mather, a Nobel Prize–winning senior astrophysicist at NASA whose work in the 1990s contributed to the establishment of the “Big Bang” theory of cosmology.
What Mysteries Can Webb Solve?
Mr. Mather and other researchers suggested that one mystery Webb might solve on its mission is dark matter, an unobservable, poorly understood, but theoretically significant cosmic superstructure.
In Webb’s first “deep field” photograph, dark matter is already clearly visible.
This image of the far-off galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is a composite. Thanks to a magnifying effect known as a gravitational lens, it provides the most thorough view of the early cosmos to date.
“We can’t directly detect dark matter, but we observe its impact… We can see its effects in action,” said Jane Rigby, a physicist working on the Webb operations project. “The universe has always existed; all we needed to do was construct a telescope to view it.”