OS X Mountain Lion Galaxy Photo Identified

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When OS X Lion shipped, Apple used an image of the M31 galaxy in the constellation Andromeda as the default desktop image. Then, when Mountain Lion was announced, the default image changed to a galaxy no one could identify immediately. Now, a reader has tipped us off.

NGC 3190

The galaxy, it turns out, is NGC 3190, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Leo (the “Lion”). It’s almost edge on to our line of sight.

The galaxy was the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for May 3, 2010. Our thanks to reader Paul Duke who sent us the tip.

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Bryan Chaffin

Too cool! Paul Duke has some eagle eyes!

And it’s such a gorgeous photo.

Ross Edwards

I’m a huge fan of NASA’s photos of the day.  No copyright issues (for most of them) and just incredible natural beauty captured in the image.


As usual Apple has made the universe much cooler!

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