Superman’s Home Planet “Found”
With the help of a well-known astrophysicist, DC Comics has revealed a plausible location for Superman’s fictitious home planet of Krypton. According to Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, Krypton could theoretically be located near a red dwarf star, LHS 2520, in the southern constellation Corvus. The star is 27.1 light-years, or about 150 trillion miles, from Earth.
Action Comics Superman #14: “Star Light, Star Bright,” on sale November 7, will explore Superman’s extensive search for his native planet. DC Comics asked Tyson to research and suggest a realistic possibility, and even included the astrophysicist in its story line. “As a native of Metropolis,” Tyson said, “I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years.”
DC co-publisher Dan DiDio said in a statement, “Now fans will be able to look up at the night sky and say ‘That’s where Superman was born.’”
For amateur astronomers who want to spot the real star LHS 2520 in the night sky, here are its coordinates:
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