Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how to defeat Superman with a flashlight

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, July 29, 2013 20:24 EDT
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Paging Lex Luthor: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson knows how to defeat your archenemy Superman.

According to Superman lore, the wavelengths emitted by red stars cause Kryptonians and Daxamites to lose their powers. The wavelengths emitted by yellow stars, on the other hand, are what give Superman his powers.

But all wavelengths of light are created equally, regardless of whether they come from a star or some other source.

“It is just light, so if it’s light that gave Superman his powers and it’s red light that took them away, then all you need to do is shine a red light on Superman and he’d be a crying mess,” Tyson explained. “We would have had him figured out long ago.”

Scientists also know how much energy Superman’s skin could absorb from a star. The hero would need some extra solar panels to account for his superpowers, Tyson said.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on July 29, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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