According to a French scientist, the James Webb telescope returns a breathtaking image of . . . a Spanish sausage!

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A red fireball, glowing menacingly against a black background. This, said eminent French scientist Etienne Klein, was the last stunning photo taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, showing Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun. In fact, the object came from Klein’s fridge!

Enthusiastic Twitter users marveled at the details of the photo allegedly taken by the telescope, which delighted the world with images of distant galaxies dating back to the birth of the universe.

In fact, as Klein later revealed, the image was not of the intriguing star just over four light-years from the Sun, but a much more modest slice of sausage chorizo. Spanish.

Klein acknowledged that many netizens misunderstood his joke, which he said was simply meant to make us “be wary of the arguments of people in positions of authority as well as the spontaneous eloquence of certain images.”

The cover of a book by Etienne Klein. The title means “The Taste of Truth”. Chorizo, maybe? Gallimard

However, at a time when the fight against fake news is of paramount importance to the scientific community, many Twitter users indicated that they were not amused by Klein, director of research at the Office of the Energy Commissioner. Atomic Energy (CEA) and producer of radio programs.

On Wednesday, he apologized to those who had been misled.

“I come to apologize to those who may have been offended by my prank, which was nothing original,” he said, calling the post a “scientist’s joke.”

He was soon back on safer ground by posting an image of the famous Cartwheel galaxy taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. This time, he assured users, the photo was real.

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