A real location for the fictitious planet of Krypton, said to be where Superman was born, has been revealed to exist 27.1 light-years from Earth, according to a astrophysicist.
Krypton is found in the southern constellation Corvus and orbits the red dwarf star LHS 2520, Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City, said.
Tyson began investigating the whereabouts of Superman's home by request of DC Comics, which wanted to run a story about the superhero's search for his home planet, according to Space.com. The new action comic will be released on Nov. 7 and Tyson appears as a character who helps Clark Kent find Krypton. Tyson "found" the location of where Krypton would be based on information provided to him by DC Comics.
"One of our staffers reached out to him to see if he'd assist for a story we were doing, and he actually came up with a location," said DC co-publisher Dan DiDio.
The planet's distance of 27.1 light years, which is roughly 150 trillion miles, coincides with the age Superman is supposed to be in the comics, according to Fox News.
"As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years," Tyson said in a statement. "And it's clear that if he weren't a superhero he would have made quite an astrophysicist."
Space.com added the coordinates of star LHS 2520 for those interesting in finding it in the night sky:
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
As the story goes, Superman was born on Krypton but sent to Earth by his father, Jor-El, before the planet's destruction. Landing on Earth as a baby, he was taken in by the Kent family and was raised by them as their son, named Clark.
"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 said 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.'"