Image of the Day: Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson Pinpoints Superman's Home Planet Krypton in Red Dwarf Star System
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November 06, 2012

Image of the Day: Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson Pinpoints Superman's Home Planet Krypton in Red Dwarf Star System

 

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Superman's home planet revealed in a new Superman book titled, ‘Star Light, Star Bright’: Prominent astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, pinpoints location of Krypton on a red dwarf star called LHS 2520 some 27.1 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation Corvus, also known as ‘The Crow’, says Dr. Tyson. The star is cooler and smaller than our sun. Dr Tyson was hired by DC Comics to pinpoint the location of Superman’s home planet, Krypton, which would have orbited red dwarf LHS 2520, says Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City. ‘This is a major milestone in the Superman mythos that gives our super hero a place in the universe,’ DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio said in a company statement. The the story, Superman comes to visit the Planetarium every 382 days, which happens to be the period of Krypton around the star (known as Rao in the comic).

Star vision: A hypothetical terrestrial planet and moon orbiting the red dwarf star AU Microscopii.

The coordinates of LHS 2520 are: 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.

 

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