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a french scientist presented a star and it was a slice of salami

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https://twitter.com/EtienneKlein/status/1553765864553472003

The physicist had published a few days ago a photo of a slice of salami on a black background and claimed that it was an image of the closest star to the suntaken with the new space telescope james webb (JWST).

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“Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us. It was taken by JWST. What a level of detail… A new world is revealed day after dayKlein wrote on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/EtienneKlein/status/1554919931678019584

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The publication was disclosed by the digital media HuffPost and shared massively on networks: it reached 1,334 retweets Y 10,000 likes. Due to the viralization and the controversy, Klein had to go out and clarify that it was a joke and to apologize to those who fell into it.

“I was surprised by the extent of the diffusion: I thought the image would immediately be detected as fake. And when I saw that a leading journalist from BFMTV (a French 24-hour news channel) was getting excited about the subject and risking spreading it, I told him it was a joke. He took it with a lot of humorKlein admitted to AFP.

https://twitter.com/EtienneKlein/status/1553864446623322113

“A farce has educational value. It speaks to our ability to be deceived, questions our relationship with sources”he concluded.

Source: Ambito

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