Real life Hero Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson immortalized in the Comic Universe
If you are reading this, I am fairly certain you know who Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson is. If you don’t know who he is, then you have probably seen him on television talking about the stars, the Cosmos and other amazing things about the universe. If he wasn’t talking about that, then it was some other well thought out, funny, imaginative subject dealing with human history, the planet, humanity’s place in the world, the environment or some very interesting story on the very popular and well known PBS show he hosted called Nova.
On the slim chance that you still didn’t know who Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson is, then you probably saw him on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, or maybe even on Jeopardy? But if you still didn’t know who I was talking about by now, then you would know him as a famous astrophysicist and the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. He’s even a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History’s department of astrophysics.
The point here is that Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson is a rather extraordinary, famous and in some ways larger than life personality, whose job it is to inspire all of us! Dr. Tyson is an outspoken advocate for the knowledge, awareness and inspiration of the youth and society with respect to the Universe, our planet and the exploration of space.
When Dr. Tyson teamed up with DC Comics and co-starred along with Superman in Action Comics #14, I was not in the least surprised; in fact, I was very pleased to see that a real life hero such as Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson had been immortalized in the comic book universe. What is important to recognize is that comic books serve many functions, chief among them and apart from entertaining us, comics serve to teach our youth those heroic traits that our society most treasures!
So when we see Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson aid Superman in not only finding the location of the star that is or was Krypton, what we really see is real world science coming together with our generations most accessible literary genre to help shape young minds. So now, a Mom or Dad can take their comic book loving child out into the back yard look up in the sky and point to the fictitious star called Rao that would pertain to Superman’s home Planet of Krypton. Rao’s real-life counterpart, is a star called LHS-2520 and it lies within a small constellation called Corvus, which is visible from the Southern Hemisphere.
All I can say is WOW! How very cool for DC Comics and Dr. Tyson to have teamed up to bring science in all its wonder joy and comic fiction into the lives of not only our children, but into that of all of our inner child’s as well.
Amateur astronomers who want to find LHS-2520 in the night sky can follow these coordinates:
- 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
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator and science fiction reporter. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Divorce Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit tye on facebook and www.thelightersideofscifi.com.