Luckily for Superman, he won’t have to rely on Apple Maps to find his home planet of Krypton. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has determined its location 27.1 light-years from Earth, in the southern constellation Corvus. The planet orbits red dwarf star LHS 2520.
DC Comics made the request of Tyson for a new comic book about Superman’s search for Krypton — Action Comics Superman #14 “Star Light, Star Bright” — which comes out Wednesday (Nov. 7).
Part of Tyson’s reward for finding Krypton is appearing in the book, helping out the caped superhero in his search.
“As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years,” Tyson says in a statement. “And it’s clear that if he weren’t a superhero he would have made quite an astrophysicist.”
For those unaware of Superman’s origins, he was born on Krypton, but his father, Jor-El, launched him toward Earth just before the planet’s destruction. Superman landed in Kansas, where he was raised as Clark Kent.
“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 says in a statement. “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.'”