I can’t get over how ingenious the Marauders were, by the time they were 17 they’d basically invented the wizarding version of cell phones (James and Sirius’s mirrors) and Google Maps tracking (the Marauders’ Map), not to mention all they did to help Remus. If they’d lived they could’ve made a fortune like Fleamont did with their inventions. I love them so much.

Haunting the Cepheus Flare

(via APOD; Image Credit & Copyright:Thomas Lelu)

Spooky shapes seem to haunt this jeweled expanse, drifting through the night in the royal constellation Cepheus. Of course, the shapes are cosmic dust clouds faintly visible in dimly reflected starlight. Far from your own neighborhood on planet Earth, they lurk along the plane of the Milky Way at the edge of the Cepheus Flare molecular cloud complex some 1,200 light-years away. Over 2 light-years across and brighter than the other ghostly apparitions, vdB 141 or Sh2-136 is also known as the Ghost Nebula, seen at the right of the starry field of view. Within the nebula are the telltale signs of dense cores collapsing in the early stages of star formation.