Superman's 'Krypton' found
November 9th, 2012
01:29 PM ET

Superman's 'Krypton' found

Superman has had an eventful few weeks. First he quit his job at the Daily Planet, and now he has discovered the location of his home planet Krypton.

In "Action Comics" No. 14, released on Wednesday, the iconic superhero is summoned to an observatory where he's met by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. In real life, Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Tyson in the comic pinpointed Krypton, 27 years after it exploded. On that very night, its destruction is visible from planet Earth.


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Happy little crater on Mercury
November 9th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

Happy little crater on Mercury

Here's today's NASA image of the day:

"It looks like even the craters on Mercury have heard of Bob Ross! The central peaks of this complex crater have formed in such a way that it resembles a smiling face. This image taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft is oriented so north is toward the bottom.

The MESSENGER spacecraft is the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury, and the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation are unraveling the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the key science questions that the MESSENGER mission is addressing. During the one-year primary mission, MESSENGER acquired 88,746 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is now in a yearlong extended mission, during which plans call for the acquisition of more than 80,000 additional images to support MESSENGER's science goals."

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