You know the new default Lion wallpaper of the Andromeda Galaxy? It’s a heavily photoshopped version of this Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Apple’s version sure is pretty, but do you notice anything else different about it? If you’re eagle eyed, you’ll probably see the problem: along with wiping out several stars, Apple has also deleted an entire galaxy from the picture.
Assistant Professor of Physics David Kaplan from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee noticed the airbrush, and emailed Boing Boing, saying:
Apple has once again altered the Universe according to their whim. They moved/removed many stars, and got rid of a whole galaxy. This is M110, which is one of M31’s [Andromeda's] satellites. The other big satellite, M32, is still there.
Kaplan’s not entirely sure if the M110 galaxy is still visible since he last looked, but suspects it would be. I think he underestimates Apple. You wanted to know what they’re using their cash hoard for? Two words: Death Star.Related