I bet you can't guess what this 'star' photo really shows

The sausage star
(Image credit: Etienne Klein via Twitter)

Just weeks ago the world was astounded by the first photo of space shot by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST, see below). After such a milestone, it didn't seem farfetched that we might soon have imagery of our nearest star other than our own sun. And sure enough, just days later a photo of Proxima Centauri emerged.

The photo was shared on Twitter by a research director at a French scientific research body, who claimed that it was taken by the JWST. It certainly looks like a star, all fiery red with flecks of orange. But it turns out that not everything was as it seemed (if you'd like to have a go at astrophotography yourself, see our pick of the best cameras).

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.

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