Oh. My. God.
Check this out… Astronomers have found Krypton!
For those of you who have no idea what I’m getting at, here’s a quick lesson in comic book history/pseudo-science: Superman has super-powers because of two key differences between his homeworld and Earth. Earth has a different color sun and lighter gravity, OK?
Well, this planet that astronomers have found has a mass five times that of Earth. I’m no scientist, but it seems to me that would indicate greater gravitational pull.
And the planet circles a red sun. Just like Krypton. (Someone, please change the name of the star from Gliese 581 to Rao! Please!)
Good Lord, one of the scientists involved even calls the planet “super-Earth!” What more do you want, people?
Now we just need to wait for the planet to blow up. And then keep an eye out for baby-sized rockets entering the atmosphere over Kansas.