Scientifically accurate location of Krypton, Superman’s home planet, revealed in Action Comics Superman #14 [UPDATE]

// November 8th, 2012 // Comics News

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicistEveryone knows Superman’s native world is Krypton, which in most storylines, was destroyed right after Superman escaped from the planet.  But to date, nobody really has shown where in the Universe it was actually located.  That is about to change as we hear that DC Comics has tasked American astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson to explain, scientifically, where Krypton is located.  Neil DeGrasse Tyson will make an appearance in Action Comics Superman #14 where Discover Magazine teases that “Krypton orbits a red dwarf known as LHS 2520”.  According to Verge:

“The star is just 27 light years from Earth, in the southern constellation of Corvus, and is smaller, colder, and considerably less bright than our own Sun. Superman visits Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City just over once a year to observe his planet’s orbit around the star, known as Rao in the DC universe.”

The issue will be available for sale on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Update 11/7/12: It turns out that Krypton is located near a red dwarf (LHS 2520) in the constellation Corvus (the crow) in the southern sky, a mere 27.1 light years from Earth.  Here are the 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

Sources: The Verge, Discover Magazine, DC Comics

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