The place may be closer than we think – maybe even sitting on a charcuterie board.
Étienne Klein – a physicist and director of France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission – shared the image of the slab of cured meat on Twitter last week, gushing over the “level of detail” it provided.
“Image of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years away. It was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope,” read a translation of the tweet. “This level of detail… A new world is revealed every day.”
In some follow-up tweets, Klein apologized and informed followers that smoked sausage is strictly tied to the earth and a “form of amusement.”
“When it’s cocktail hour, cognitive bias seems to find plenty to enjoy… Beware. According to modern cosmology, no object related to Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere but on Earth,” he wrote.
“In light of some comments, I feel compelled to clarify that this tweet showing an alleged snapshot of Proxima Centauri was a form of amusement,” he said in another tweet. “Let us learn to be wary of arguments from authority as much as of the spontaneous eloquence of certain images.”
He later tweeted an image of the Chariot Wheel galaxy taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, assuring followers that it was “real” this time.
“Photo (REAL this time…) of the Chariot Wheel galaxy and its companion galaxies, taken by JWST. Located 500 million light-years away, it was undoubtedly spiral in its past, but took on this strange appearance after a furious galactic accretion,” wrote the scientist.
$10 billion telescope – launched December 25, 2021 — was a joint project involving NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency and has already traveled 1 million miles through space.