He believed he came across a LIFE DISCOVERY, and then the whole internet made fun of him
Sometimes a person is so engrossed in details that he does not see the big picture. Professor Peter Dunby, a cosmologist at the University of Cape Town, believed that he had stumbled upon a revolutionary astronomical discovery, but he was researching Mars all the time.
Usually, such scientific gaffes are hidden and lost “under the carpet”, but Dancy, unfortunately, hurried to announce his discovery to the world as soon as possible and published a mistake on the “Astronomers Telegram” portal, where astronomers can quickly share news and discuss.
Two announcements published on this portal, with only 40 minutes apart, speak of the professor’s discovery and disappointment.
Dunceby first reported detecting a very bright transient optical astronomical object or phenomenon, which can be seen in the sky over a very short period of time.
He was so great that Dunsby thought he had discovered something incredible and perhaps even unseen in our sky. Excited, he decided to put his discovery online.
“The object was visible throughout the observation (March 20) and was not present when the site was previously observed (March 8),” Dunnsby wrote in a statement, adding that further studies are needed to establish the nature of this great bodies.
At some point after announcing his “discovery”, Dunsby realized that he was not the first to notice him and that he was observing Mars all the time.
He therefore issued a new statement explaining the error.
“The object I reported was identified as Mars. “I sincerely apologize for the previous report,” Dunceby said.
The Internet was on fire, users started making jokes about him, and they even awarded him recognition for the “discovery” of Mars. Although disappointed, the professor accepted them in a good spirit, emphasizing that he would be more careful from now on.
Although we have maps of our night sky, the planets of the solar system are constantly moving around, and when we observe objects millions or billions of light years away from Earth, our nearest neighbor can often look like a new, exciting discovery, according to Science Alert.