The image of a distant star posted by a top scientist was actually a piece of CHORIZO

A cunning French scientist has tricked people into believing a piece of chorizo ​​sausage is a distant star shot into space.

Étienne Klein, 64, pulled off the trick on Twitter to draw attention to fake news on social media.

Not everyone fell for the prank...


Not everyone fell for the prank…Photo credit: @EtienneKlein

He noted that the burning red image was taken by the new James Webb Telescope, which has been showing some stunning images lately.

The prankster claimed the photo showed Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the sun, and said it was 4.2 light-years away.

But it was all a big hoax.

“This level of detail,” he tweeted.

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“Every day a new world is revealed.”

The post was liked and retweeted thousands of times by users who blindly assumed the top scientist was posting nothing but the truth.

He eventually admitted the photo was in fact Spain’s national sausage after some questioned its authenticity.

“In light of some of the comments, I should clarify that the tweet claiming to show a snapshot of Proxima Centauri was a form of amusement,” he said.

“Let’s learn to distrust claims [figures of] authority as well as the spontaneous eloquence of certain images.

“My apologies to those who might have been shocked by my prank, which was far from original.”

Speaking to French media, he added: “It’s the first time I’ve had this [posted] a joke as I’m more of a presence on social media as a scientific authority.

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“The good news is that some people got the trick.

“It shows . . . the fact that fake news always outperforms real information on this type of social media.”

Proxima Centauri was actually... a piece of chorizo


Proxima Centauri was actually… a piece of chorizoCredit: Alamy

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