Étienne Klein is a respected physicist, with particular expertise in the behavior of time. He’s received a whole slew of awards for his academic work and participated in designing the Large Hadron Collider. Étienne is currently the research director at France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. Étienne posted on Twitter on July 31, a picture of a red, spotty circle Étienne claimed, was Proxima Centauri, captured by the new James Webb Telescope. Some 4.2 light years from Earth, it’s the nearest star to the Sun. “This level of detail… A new world is unveiled every day,” Klein wrote in French. As you’d expect, Klein’s followers marveled at the beauty of the red thing in the photo. It was so vibrant, with fascinating lighter splotches on its surface. There’s just one problem. The thing in the photo is not Proxima Centauri — it’s not even a star.
It’s a slice of chorizo sausage. Chorizo is probably closest to an American hot dog sized Smoky that many Spaniards eat with beer or breakfast. Well, this wasn’t a mistake. Klein tweeted the picture of the sausage star with full knowledge of what it is. Étienne took to Twitter again, “In view of certain comments, I feel obliged to specify that this tweet showing an alleged picture of Proxima Centauri was a joke,” Klein wrote. “I come to present my apologies to those whom my hoax may have shocked. Let’s learn to be wary of the arguments from positions of authority, as much as the spontaneous eloquence of certain images,” tweeted Klein.
Étienne wanted to emphasize that we shouldn’t trust a seemingly self-evident fact posted by someone in a position of trust. You never know what kind of a trick they might be trying to pull. The $10 billion James Webb Telescope to replace the rapidly aging Hubble, is the most powerful telescope ever launched into space. It captures sharper pictures from farther out in space than ever before. Thanks to the James Webb Telescope, we’ve spotted the farthest galaxy humanity has ever observed.
A day on Mercury lasts about 1408 hours or about the same as a Monday on Earth.
Two blondes in Las Vegas were sitting on a bench one night talking … and one blonde says to the other, “Which do you think is farther away … Florida or the moon?” The other blonde turns and says “Hellooooooo, can you see Florida?”
I wonder if Earth makes fun of the other planets for having no life.
Do you know why astronomers named the planet “Saturn?”
It just had a nice ring to it.
August 8th Birthdays
1997 – Dani Dyer, 1987 – Peyton List, 1921 – Esther Williams, 1938 – Connie Stevens
1937 – Dustin Hoffman, 1993 – Casey Colt, 1978 – Ode the Garfield dog, 1990 – Anthony Rizzo