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Using Astrophysics to Find Superman’s Krypton

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson helps Superman view Krypton in a new storyline that weaves real science into fantasy. Courtesy DC Comics

 

When Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, got a call from DC Comics about its latest Superman storyline, the famed astrophysicist saw an opportunity to make real science a part of superhero lore.

He said to DC: How about I find you a real star that could be home to Superman’s native planet, Krypton?  He did, and here’s how.