Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Helps Superman Locate Krypton
Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson appears in a new issue of DC Comics’ Action Comics today to help Superman locate his home planet of Krypton.
Tyson, an American astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York, actually located several candidates in the real universe before settling on a system that’s 27.1 light years from Earth.
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.
According to the comic, Superman visits Tyson every 382 days to try for a glimpse of Krypton. Issue #14 is out today and you can find the coordinates Tyson provided to DC Comics on the Guardian website.
DC editor Will Moss suggested Tyson to Dr Sholly Fisch, who has written the issue entitled “Star Light, Star Bright”. Fisch said:
Being able to ground superhero science in the real world is a great storytelling device and can make the fantastic elements of comic books seem more real.
It sounds good to us - what do you think? Does tying fiction into reality help give a story more realism?
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