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Superman’s home planet of krypton found for real

November 8th, 2012 by Marc Comments

It seems that the mythos behind DC comics’ Superman character has taken a massive leap forward…

Yes, Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City, has said that Superman’s homeplanet of Krypton (for those who know how to look) can be found 27.1 light-years from Earth, in the southern constellation Corvus (The Crow) and orbits the red dwarf star LHS 2520, which is cooler and smaller than our sun, according to Yahoo!.

The Astrophysicist was asked by DC comics to locate the planet for a story in Action Comics Superman #14 (released yesterday, November 8th). And, as if finding the planet isn’t enough, in the story Tyson appears, helping Superman locate Krypton: “As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years,” Tyson said in a statement. “And it’s clear that if he weren’t a superhero he would have made quite an astrophysicist.”

If you are an astronomer yourself, here’s where to find Kal-El’s home:
Right Ascension: 12 hours 10 minutes 5.77 seconds
Declination: -15 degrees 4 minutes 17.9 seconds
Proper Motion: 0.76 arcseconds per year, along 172.94 degrees from due north

“This is a major milestone in the Superman mythos that gives our super hero a place in the universe,” DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio said in a statement. “Having Neil deGrasse Tyson in the book was one thing, but by applying real-world science to this story he has forever changed Superman’s place in history. Now fans will be able to look up at the night’s sky and say, ‘That’s where Superman was born.'”


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….