Superman Planet Found: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Locates Krypton

Krypton may not exist but that didn’t stop astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson from finding Superman’s home planet.

According to Tyson, Superman’s planet would be found about 27.1 light-years from earth in the southern constellation Corvus if it was real. Krypton would orbit red dwarf star LHS, again, if it were real.

DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio said in a statement:

“This is a major milestone in the Superman mythos that gives our super hero a place in the universe … 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.'”

Tyson was asked by DC Comics to try to determine the location of Superman’s planet for an upcoming issue of the popular comic book. Tyson unveils his discovery within the pages of Action Comics Superman #14, titled Star Light, Star Bright.

Tyson said:

“As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years … And it’s clear that if he weren’t a superhero he would have made quite an astrophysicist.”

Tyson didn’t reveal how he found Superman’s planet, you’ll have to read the latest issue of Superman to find out, but Live Science points out that astronomers can take a glimpse of red dwarf star LHS at the following coordinates:

  • 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

Neil deGrasse Tyson may have located Superman’s home planet but it may be difficult for amateur astronomer’s to find. After all, Superman left the planet as a baby just before its destruction.