Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has found an existing star located at the spot in the universe corresponding to the fictional home planet of DC Comics character Superman, The New York Post reported Monday.
The “real” planet of Krypton, Tyson said, is a star in the Corvus constellation, just over 150 trillion miles, or 27.1 light years, from Earth, that can be seen at right ascension 12 hours, 10 minutes, 05.60 seconds and declination 15 degrees, 04′ 15.66.
Tyson based his information on coordinates given to him by the comics company for this month’s issue of “Action Comics,” which will be released Wednesday.
“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, who was born in New York, the real-world analogue for Superman’s adopted hometown.
Tyson is also set to “guest-star” in the comic, as he will be depicted helping Superman in the search for Krypton, which exploded seconds after his birth parents jettisoned him to safety on Earth, where he was raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent in Kansas before making his way to Metropolis.
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