Just weeks after his alter-ego Clark Kent quit the Daily Planet, Superman is getting help from a real-life astrophysicist to pinpoint the location of his home planet.
In an Action Comics #14 story titled “Star Light, Star Bright,” famous astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson will help Superman find Krypton “on its final day of existence.”
“As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years,” said Tyson. “And it’s clear that if he weren’t a superhero he would have made quite an astrophysicist.”
In real life, Tyson has announced the location of an actual Krypton-like star system. Located in the constellation Corvus and 27.1 light years from Earth lies a star designated LHS 2520 that has a “highly turbulent” red surface, but is cooler and smaller than our Sun. Tyson even provided coordinates for amateur astronomers to follow:
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,” said Dan DiDio, DC Entertainment co-publisher. “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’.”
Tyson is also the host of the StarTalk radio program, which will soon become a part of the Nerdist YouTube channel. Among other things, Tyson is famous for complaining about the incorrect depiction of the night sky over the Atlantic ocean at the end of the movie Titanic. Director James Cameron corrected the sky for the Titanic 3-D re-release.