Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Locates the planet Krypton Superman thanks to astronomer Neil Tyson

In recent years, Superman has visited the Hayden Planetarium in New York every 382 days to take a look at the stars. His intention is to locate any other place from which the known planet Krypton, although it was destroyed immediately after his departure. This is the argument of Action Comics number 14 , in which the famous superhero receives help from a very special astronomer, renowned popularize Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Tyson, who in real life runs the observatory and is one of the most popular science writers in the U.S., the superhero to help locate the planet it comes from. According to his calculations, Krypton is in the constellation of Corves (the Crow), to 27.1 light years away from our planet orbiting a red dwarf star called LHS 2520. The star, who is smaller and cooler than our sun, is the same age as Superman in the comic, so given the coincidence that in light of the destruction of Krypton (the reason why her parents sent into space in a capsule) is coming to our planet in this.

"Superman, please call me Neil" says astronomer in the comic when he receives his guest. And then performs calculations that allow you to place their home. The script for this latest cartoon is a curious mixture of fact and fiction, it all started when employees of DC Comics consulted him about a possible location of Krypton. "One of our guys," says Editor Dan DiDio, "came to him to help us with a story and the truth is that he gave us the location."

Not the first time that Tyson works in a work of fiction to put scientific rigor. Recently James Cameron convinced the director to change the film Titanic heavens for that fit the actual sky that looked at the place where the liner sank. "As a native of Metropolis," Tyson joked, "I'm delighted to have helped Superman, who has done so much for my city all these years." "And it is clear," he adds, "that if it were a superhero could have been an astrophysicist." The author of the comic script, Sholly Fisch believes that use real science fiction storytelling can serve that comics seem more real. "If you have a background with a real world and rules to follow," says Fisch to The Guardian, "that after a mountain can lift with one hand is much more shocking." "Using real science to this story" Editor Dan DiDio concludes, "has changed the place of Superman in history. Now fans can look at the sky at night and say, 'That's where Superman was born.'"

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