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Scientist sorry for posting chorizo pic, telling readers it’s a star

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08.08.2022

A French scientist has apologized after fooling social media users into thinking he had published the latest image from the powerful James Webb space telescope.

The new telescope received global attention last month after NASA published some of the most high-resolution photos in space history.

Capitalizing on the fanfare surrounding the telescope, French physicist Etienne Klein posted a photo of a fiery round red shape, claiming it was a detailed photo of the star Proxima Centauri.

Klein, the director of research at France’s Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and a radio show producer, captioned the image saying “Picture of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years away from us. It was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. This level of detail… A new world is unveiled every day.”

Given that Klein boasts almost 100,000 Twitter followers, the striking image of the supposed star gathered rapid attention on social media platforms.

However, in a series of later tweets, Klein told users that the........

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