Top Scientist Admits Webb Telescope Star Photo Was Actually Chorizo

A well-known French physicist has apologised after acknowledging that a popular image of a "distant star" he posted on Twitter was actually only a slice of chorizo pig sausage and not the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

The closest star to the Sun, Proxima Centauri, was captured in this stunning image by the James Webb Space Telescope, according to eminent French scientist Etienne Klein.

The image was supposedly captured by the telescope, which has wowed the globe with photos of far-off galaxies dating back to the creation of the cosmos, and fellow Twitter users marvelled at the intricacies.

He posted the picture and stated, "Image of Proxima Centauri, the Sun's nearest star and 4.2 light years away. The JWST took possession of it. A new universe is always being unveiled at this degree of detail."

A little over an hour later, he revealed the joke in a comment on his article, claiming that, according to contemporary cosmology, nothing from "Spanish charcuterie" can be found anywhere else in the universe.

In this type of network, he continued, bogus news is more popular and receives more attention than actual news.

He observed that the photograph would not have garnered the attention it did if he hadn't mentioned that it was a James Webb Space Telescope image.

In December of the previous year, the James Webb Space Telescope was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport.

In July, NASA made the first photographs from the telescope public.