Why Wait? Download OS X Mountain Lion’s New Hi-Res Default Wallpaper Here



Like most OS X updates before it, with Mountain Lion comes a new default wallpaper. Like Lion, Mountain Lion’s wallpaper keeps with the galaxy theme, but we think this one’s far more beautiful, with a softer blue tone that is quite calming and peaceful to look at. Anyone know which galaxy this is?

Here’s a link to the high-resolution, 3200×2000 pixel wallpaper. You can download the Mountain Lion High-Res Galaxy Default Wallpaper (2.3MB) here.

  • berianlowe

    I’ll be taking that, thank you very much!

  • Ben Ward

    have been searching the web for this for the last 20 minutes! 

  • UncleSpellbinder

    Thanks! Downloaded and set. 

  • Paul Ward

    Looks like a rather airbrushed image of Andromeda.

  • GeekJenJen

    I think it is M81 aka Andromeda again. But from a different angle than in Lion. 

  • FrozN

    @google-b8ccb5758f020ba0c96767e377e9d7ac:disqus , yeah. That’s Andromeda galaxy.

  • magicturdd

    do you guys feel cool that you know what galaxy that is?

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    what is the High resolution pictures size ?

  • Jakub Žitný

    At first i thought Sombrero galaxy, but i suppose it’s Andromeda, isn’t it?

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    Yes, we do.

  • Antje Wolter

    M31 is known as Andromeda Galaxy. M81 is also a galaxy but does not look like this mountain-lion-adaption of a galaxy. Furthermore, a picture of M31 would also show M32 and M110. And now think, how you would take a picture of a galaxy from “a different angle”?

  • Jakub Žitný

    You would photoshop it.. http://www.cultofmac.com/10859… .. just like Lion’s Andromeda.

  • Jim Gerard

    The new galaxy is NGC 3190, with a little enhancement and addition of foreground stars. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap10

  • Darren Swanson

    Drive to the other side of it. Duh. Ha ha. I asked myself the same question when I read that other person’s comment.

  • waseefakhtar

    Thanks! xD

  • Kevin Gill

    Awesome… thanks.  Any other new wallpapers???

  • GeekJenJen

    Please return your GeekCard on the way out. It has just been revoked and rendered void.

  • GeekJenJen

    Oops I meant M31…

    (shame on me)

  • GeekJenJen

    Yes, you are so very correct. Mea maxima culpa. 
    I mixed up the numbers. Shame on me. May I keep my GeekCard. Pretty please?

    different angle : it’s obviously a CGI pic. Not a Hubble telescope image.

  • Chris Baier

    When you are taking pictures of objects that are that far away, you can’t just simply get a new angle. I have no clue what galaxy this is but I doubt it is Andromeda again.

  • George Lafflin

    but its only low resolution, what about 1024

  • Jim Gerard

    This is the spiral galaxy NGC 3190 found in Leo. Here is a(n almost identical) picture from NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap10

  • berianlowe

    Try clicking on the link below the image.

  • Ross Smith

    It’s not M31/Andromeda and it’s not CGI. The galaxy is NGC 3190: see

  • GeekJenJen

    Yes, you can. The magic sauce is called CGI. 

  • arkhan11

    thx. the only one offering this chance.

  • Jakub Žitný

    Anyone with the original picture?

  • James Katt

    It’s beautiful!

  • gort56

    This is the galaxy NGC 3190 in Leo. Linked is an almost identical image from the Hubble Space Telescope. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap10

  • art2arch

    It’s a photograph of Steve’s new playground…

  • robertdavidac
  • Jakub Žitný

    Well, are you sure about Andromeda? This could be Black Eye http://www.google.cz/search?cl… .. 

  • danielrmitchell

    Is this massive resolution an indicator of retina display Macs in the pipeline?

  • David Alexander Harrison

    When you are taking pictures of objects that are that far away, you can’t just simply get a new angle.”

    Unless you tilt the camera…

  • Wirehedd

    the waiter snipped it in half as soon as those words were typed.

  • Wirehedd

    the only way to keep that card is by a providing shining example of geekitude and by publicly explaining your true geek-cred bona fides. You also have to know how to pronounce bona fides without help. :)

  • Wirehedd

    only until the iphone 6 when they put the new 4K Retina displays in the phones at 3.5 inches. :)

  • robertdavidac

    it looks like NGC 3190 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N

  • mohdakram

    The galaxy is NGC 3190. It looks like it’s photoshopped from this – 

  • mochi01

    The picture is a “composite” image of NGC-3190:


  • thalamoose

    30 comments and no clues….

    This wallpaper was the Astronomy Picture of the Day for 3 May 2010.The APOD caption is: Spiral Galaxy NGC 3190 Almost Sideways.Oh, and you will never guess what constellation this galaxy is located in: Leo!See apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100503.ht… for the full description.

  • mochi01

    This is a mosaic image of NGC-3190 using Hubble pictures.  It has probably been “enhanced” by Apple to give it the blue glow.  Also, the star field around the galaxy looks like it has been manipulated as well.  Here is the site which has the mosaic upon which the desktop picture is based:


  • BruceTechGuy

    The comment re ‘Andromeda, but from a different angle’ is funny!    As if we had any way to view a galaxy millions of light years away from a different perspective.
    (though I grant computer modeling may simulate such…)

    The new Snow, I mean Mountain Lion wallpaper is very good, and seems to be NGC 3190, the largest member of the Hickson 44 Group, located near the constellation Leo (Lion).
    Ref: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap10

  • Sid Pena

    It’s not the Andromeda galaxy.  It’s Spiral Galaxy NGC 3190. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap10

  • mochi01

    The galaxy is called NGC-3190 and the picture is a mosaic of Hubble images assembled and processed by Robert Gendler.  Additionally, the wallpaper version looks like it has been composited over a different star field background.

  • jake hamby

    I think i see Naboo 

  • Anurag Bakshi

    This is not even a picture but an artist’s drawing.
    No satellites are this far away from earth to get a picture like that.

  • Ferry Simatupang

     nope. it’s NGC 3190 from APOD: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap10

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    awesome wallpaper

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  • hollandjacklyn

    Thanks! i like this one.

    You can find beautiful high resolution wallpapers here – pc background wallpaper.