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Cosmic gold - from a Frenchman?!


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Anyone interested in science and space on here will know that a few months ago a $10 billion telescope was punted into space. Its primary role was observation in infrared and can show stars in incredible detail from light years away. Anyway, our hero, Étienne Klein, research director at France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, posted a photo last week, showing the closest star to the sun, Proxima Centauri. “This level of detail,” Klein wrote. “A new world is revealed day after day.”


Something familiar about it? That's because it's actually a slice of chorizo, but no one noticed. A few days later he was forced to own up, saying '“According to contemporary cosmology, no object belonging to Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere but on Earth.” He did it to demonstrate the trouble with fake news. More here:

French Scientist's Photo of ‘Distant Star’ Was Actually Chorizo - VICE

Well played, sir, well played indeed.

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