Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Scientists discover the home world of Superman

Scientists have done it: they have discovered a star at the location of Superman's home planet, Krypton. That is not the same as saying they have found Krypton, naturally.

On Monday, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson announced that he has found an existing star located at the coordinates corresponding to the fictional home planet of DC Comics character Superman. The star is in the Corvus constellation, slightly more than 150 trillion miles, or 27.1 light years, from Earth. According to the scientist, the star can be seen at right ascension 12 hours, 10 minutes, 05.60 seconds and declination 15 degrees, 04′ 15.66.

Tyson based his "discovery" on coordinates that were given to him by DC Comics, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., for this month’s issue of “Action Comics,” which will reach comic book stores on Wednesday.

As an adult, Superman's adopted city of Metropolis is an analogue to New York City, and Tyson said, “As a native of Metropolis (New York City), I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years.”

Tyson will also "appear" in the issue, and will be shown helping Superman search for Krypton, which exploded seconds after his biological parents sent him to Earth in an escape rocket. As we all know, Superman - or Clark Kent, as he calls his alter-ego - was raised by Kansas residents Jonathan and Martha Kent after they found his capsule. As an adult, Clark Kent then made his way to Metropolis.

Superman - and all other DC Comics super-heroes - saw their lives and storylines rebooted as part of DC Comics' "New 52." DC Comics canceled its entire line of ongoing books, after which it debuted 52 new series in September 2011 with new No. 1 issues.

Superman, of course, has been rebooted himself previously, with his powers severely decreased during the 1980s, when John Byrne took over the series, starting it from scratch.

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