Meet the Kooks Who Think NASA's Telescope Is a Space Cannon
The space community has been abuzz this week after NASA unveiled five stunning, highly anticipated new images from the James Webb Space Telescope. While the pictures stirred the awe and wonder of normal people, they also became a target for good old-fashioned idiotser, conspiracy theoristswho believe that the photos are fake, or really evidence of enormous aliens, or that Webb is a giant space laser, actually.
Welcome to the age of the Webb Truthers.
Before we proceed any further, though, its worth heeding the words of Nietzsche: If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you. A few hours down the rabbit hole of any conspiracy theory might just have you putting on the old tin foil hat yourselfso be warned.
Theres a wide range of inane theories and speculations about the new Webb images origins, with some claiming that the pictures were created by CGI, Photoshop, Hollywood special effects, or some combination of all of the above. Some are even saying there might be a more diabolical reason behind Webb, suggesting that it could be weaponized against people on Earth.
Hollywood is capable of great visual effects, one Twitter user wrote in reply to a NASA tweet about the telescope. Just sayin... This is all fake. Another user claimed that the photos are fake because every star has the same pixel pattern.
In one of the more herculean examples of mental gymnastics, one Twitter user said Webbs snapshot of SMACS 0723, a region of the sky that provides a view to a dazzling amount of galaxy clusters, is actually computer generated. Plus, President Biden, who personally unveiled the image Monday, purposely named it SCAMS backwardsafter all, the best way to dupe everyone into believing your scams is to leave little clues to your lies in plain sight.
The stuff in current use must have turned!