12 Stunning High-Resolution Wallpapers

Feb 15, 2013 - 2 Comments

12 Stunning High Res Wallpapers

Getting bored with the current crop of wallpapers scattered across the backgrounds of your various Macs, PC’s and iOS devices? You’re in the right place. We’ve gathered a great collection of ultra-high resolution stunning images from NASA, Hubble, and National Geographic that encompass some crazy pictures from space to equally surreal photos on our own planet earth, and they’re sure to look great on just about any display you throw them on, whether it’s a Retina Mac or iPad.

A few quick notes: the pictures hosted on National Geographic are not direct image links, you have to choose the resolution on their landing page for the device you want to decorate. For the highest resolution image that NatGeo offers, choose the “Desktop” option, then you can scale it down (or up) to whatever device you see fit. Also, the pictures hosted by NASA can sometimes be ginormous, like 8000×8000 pixel JPG files, which is wonderful if you’re looking to stretch them across multiple monitors or decorate a retina display, but it’s a bit overkill for something like the iPhone screen, so you may want to save them all in a folder then take a moment to batch resize them using Preview to a resolutio that is appropriate for your needs. Ok enough chat, let’s get to the good stuff…

Milky Way over Quiver Trees (widescreen)
Milky way over Quiver trees

Diver and school of fish
Fish school and Diver

M106 Galaxy
m106 Galaxy wallpaper

Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula

Namib Desert, Namibia
Namib desert

Ilturup Island, Russia
Iturup Island, Russia wallpaper

Canadian Rockies
Canadian rockies wallpaper

LL Ori
LL Ori

Rippled Reflection
Rippled wallpaper

Trifid Nebula
Trifid Nebula

Xinjiang China
Xinjiang China wallpaper

Lucky Bay, Australia
Lucky Bay, Australia wallpaper

Spiral Galaxy
Spiral galaxy wallpaper

Not a fan of these shots? Check out wallpapers of nebula images, Earth from space at night, take the time to uncover all the hidden wallpapers in OS X, or just browse through our wallpaper archive and find something that suites you. Happy decorating!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize


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  1. Tom says:

    Awesome!! Thx Paul!!

  2. modernape says:

    The Nat Geo ones are all 1600×1200 – that’s not high resolution these days, 2560×1600 is the starting point for me.

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