Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a pretty fucking awesome dude.
Not only is he well-known and well-loved in the geek community, he also has a long list of media credentials including hosting PBS’ Nova scienceNOW; frequent guest stints on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher; and having the his own meme. Oh, and did I mention that he managed to convince James Cameron to alter the night sky in the recent re-release of Titanic so that they accurately reflect the night’s sky on the night the real Titanic sank?
Tyson can now add another credit to his resume (well, other than being the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, which is part of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City): comic book superstar.
Tyson makes an appearance in latest issue of Action Comics (#14), titled “Star Light, Star Bright”, helping Superman locate his home planet by revealing the location of the red star that Krypton once orbited.
Located 27 light years away in the southern constellation Corvus1, the red dwarf star is named LHS 2520 and, according to the NY Post,
is smaller and cooler than our sun, can be seen at right ascension 12 hours, 10 minutes, 05.60 seconds, and declination 15 degrees, 04’ 15.66.
First approached by DC Staffers to assist on a story, Tyson tracked down the actual location of the star using information provided to him by DC Comics. Dr. Tyson went one giant leap further and located a red star capable of supporting a Krypton-like planet!
Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Entertainment, highlights the significance of Dr. Tyson’s contribution to the Superman Mythos:
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”.
On his own involvement, Dr. Tyson states that:
As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years.
1 However, native Kryptonians would have referred to it as Rao.