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Ever saw a red ball of spicy fire with luminous patches glowing menacingly against a black background!

Well this may sound like a modest slice of the lip-sizzling Spanish sausage, but its not. It is the latest astonishing picture taken by the James Webb Space Telescope of Proxima Centauri, declaring it to be the closest star to our Sun.

Yes French scientist Etienne Klein declared it. Looking at the details of the picture, purportedly taken by the telescope ,has thrilled the world with images of distant galaxies going back to the birth of the universe.

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"This level of detail... A new world is revealed every day," Klein gushed.

As per Klein's revelations, the image was not of the intriguing star just over four light-years from the Sun but a far more modest slice of the lip-sizzling Spanish sausage chorizo.

"According to contemporary cosmology, no object belonging to Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere but on Earth," he said.

Later, Klein acknowledged that many users had not understood his joke which was simply aimed at encouraging us "to be wary of arguments from people in positions of authority as well as the spontaneous eloquence of certain images".

Though many Twitter users indicated they were unamused by Klein, director of research at France's Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and a radio show producer.

On 3 August, he said sorry to those who were misled.

"I come to present my apologies to those who may have been shocked by my prank, which had nothing original about it," he said, describing the post as a "scientist's joke".

Following this, he posted an image of the famous Cartwheel Galaxy taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on Twitter, assuring social media users that this time, it was real.

With AFP inputs.


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