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Photodump of me from Supanova Melbourne 2017! 

I was dressed as Castiel from Supernatural! 

I worked so hard on these wings! I was so excited to be wearing them at a con at last! And they received super well, I’ve never had so many people come up and ask for photos! If you saw me, please let me know! I would love to see any pictures you’ve taken! 

“When I was a kid, before my mom died…” Dean confesses in a quiet murmur. “There were two things I was drawn to in particular. One of them was angels. The other was stars.”

The night is quiet and presses into them, but does so in no way that is suffocating. The metal of the Impala is cool under their hands where they sit on the flat hood, both looking toward the sky. Castiel directs his gaze to Dean.

“Angels and stars?” he asks, imploring.

Dean nods and shrugs with an air of causality, though he can’t quite meet Castiel’s eye. He doesn’t elaborate.

Castiel smiles a soft smile and adds the information to his already collected pile of things he keeps about Dean in the most intimate part of his mind.

Dean Winchester: the boy saved by an angel and sown together with stardust.

It’s all very fitting.

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Mostly Mute Monday: The Milky Way’s Most Recent Supernova

“In 1947, a radio source towards the center of our galaxy was discovered: the strongest outside of the Solar System, Cassiopeia A. What caused it? A supernova dating back to the 17th century — the most recent one in our galaxy — with a massive black hole left behind.”

Located in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, the light was obscured for skywatchers on Earth, but thanks to a suite of great, space-based observatories (Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra), we’ve been able to piece together exactly what occurred. Not only that, but observations of a “light-echo,” or reflected light off of the nearby gas, has allowed us to see the light from this explosion centuries later, and learn exactly how it happened.

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What about Dean and Cas star gazing and Castiel telling Dean about when each one was made until Dean falls asleep on Cas's chest. Cas carries him inside the bunker and tucks him in, staring down at his beautiful freckled face that almost perfectly matched the night sky they'd been laying under.

Cas traces Dean’s freckles lightly, fingertips tracing idle constellations across Dean’s skin.

Dean doesn’t stir. He’d fallen asleep outside and Cas had carried him in and laid him down in their bed. Unlike Dean, however, Cas’s mind will not let him rest.

It’s not an uncommon problem for the former angel. The first few weeks he spent as a human, in the bunker with his own bed in his own room, he’d been miserable and unable to sleep for nightmares. Things are better now than they were then, with Dean beside him, but there are a lot of nights where Cas’s thoughts keep him awake.

Fortunately, tonight isn’t a night spent on regrets. His mind may be busy, but it isn’t a bad sort of restlessness. Rather, his mind is filled with thoughts of Dean, of the long life Cas has lead, and how sometimes it feels like every moment was leading him here.

It isn’t fate or destiny. They’d thrown those things out a long time ago. What they have, right here in this bed, is choice, and that is something far more precious.

Dean was there, tonight, of his own will, watching the stars with Cas. And Cas is here, tonight, tracing constellations long forgotten on Dean’s skin, mapping the stars with his fingertips.

And at long last, with Dean’s heartbeat in his ears like the pulse of the cosmos, his body warm like a supernova, Cas curls up next to his universe and falls asleep.

Cas A: Optical and X-ray
The aftermath of a cosmic cataclysm, supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A) is a comfortable 11,000 light-years away. Light from the Cas A supernova, the death explosion of a massive star, first reached Earth just 330 years ago. Still expanding, the explosion’s debris cloud spans about 15 light-years near the center of this composite image. The scene combines color data of the starry field and fainter filaments of material at optical energies with image data from the orbiting NuSTAR X-ray telescope. Mapped to false colors, the X-ray data in blue hues trace the fragmented outer boundary of the expanding shock wave, glowing at energies up to 10,000 times the energy of the optical photons.

Image Credit: X-ray - NASA, JPL-Caltech, NuSTAR; Optical - Ken Crawford (Rancho Del Sol Obs.)