Krypton - Superman's Home Planet
Discovered By Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson

6 November, 2012

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Follow us: - As you probably know Superman is a fictional character who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. According to the original story, Superman was born as Kal-El on the planet Krypton, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton's destruction.

Famous astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson now reveals that he has determined actual location of Superman's fictional home planet Krypton.

Krypton is actually close to Earth. The planet is located 27.1 light-years from Earth, in the southern constellation Corvus, said Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

Krypton, which is cooler and smaller than our sun, orbits the red dwarf star LHS 2520.

The search for superman's home planet was started after DC Comics wanted to add the search for Krypton to their story line. Tyson was eager to help with the search.

Artistic impression of Superman's homeplanet krypton. Image credit & copyright: Jason Dunn

"As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years," a playful Tyson said in a statement. "And it's clear that if he weren't a superhero he would have made quite an astrophysicist."

"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 statement.

Artistic impression of Superman's homeplanet krypton. Image from the movie Superman with Christopher Reeve

"Having Neil deGrasse Tyson in the book was one thing, but by applying real-world science to this story he has forever changed Superman's place in history. Now fans will be able to look up at the night's sky and say, 'That's where Superman was born,'" he added. ©

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