Making a special guest appearance in Action Comics #14 this week, Neil deGrasse Tyson has found the location of the star around which Superman’s home planet Krypton orbited. I say orbited, because Krypton was destroyed just after Superman left home.
The star is called LHS 2520, a dim red dwarf that’s invisible without a telescope. Dr. Tyson was given some background info by DC Comics and chose that as Superman’s sun, about 27 light-years away.
Wait a second … Superman’s about 27 years old, he travels pretty fast, and the planet’s around 27 light years away … I wonder what they’ll see when he and Dr. Tyson look through the telescope?
The book comes out tomorrow, Nov. 7! Looks like we’ve got two badasses over here.
Phil Plait has more Krypton science at Bad Astronomy.