OS X Mountain Lion Galaxy Wallpaper
Apple has a knack for picking gorgeous desktop wallpapers, and the all new OS X Mountain Lion is no exception. As you’ve undoubtedly seen in the developer preview information and screen shots, the new default wallpaper is another beautiful space themed image of a swirling blue galaxy (
maybe a white dwarf, actually), a bit more subtle than the Andromeda galaxy wallpaper found in OS X Lion. It’s offered as a whopping 3200×2000 pixel image and you can download it below:
Even if you can’t can’t run the Dev Preview, you can at least grab the new wallpaper and Messages beta and pretend to run the latest OS X. Developers can download the Developer Preview now, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be released this summer.
thanks, really helpful
Indeed, NGC 3190.
In the Hickson 44 Group, located near the constellation Leo (the Lion).
I think Apple graphics people did a fine job with this one.
Best of the space themed Apple OS X desktop wallpapers, in my opinion.
See also the Astronomy Picture of the Day, http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100503.html for the real view, from Hubble Legacy Archive. :)
The no of this galaxy is NGC 3190, 80 million light years away from us!
Awesome, thanks for the info!
Yes! Thanks! That’s fantastic. I’ve been looking and looking, how did you find it? Did you recognize it as an astronomer?
>swirling blue galaxy (maybe a white dwarf, actually)
White dwarfs are stars, not galaxies.
Updated the post, but is the picture supposed to be of a white dwarf or a galaxy?
I believe it is the same Andromeda galaxy from Lion just a different shot, maybe I am wrong.
Can anyone identify the galaxy?
Yes, it’s a somewhat airbrushed Andromeda.
So basically techwatcher, you have no idea what you are talking about but act like you do.
It looks like Messier 65 with the blue part of the spectrum emphasized. It is not Andromeda. There are too many details of Andromeda that just are not there. It is an incredible image though.