What galaxy is ML?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by cclloyd, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. cclloyd macrumors 68000

    cclloyd

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    Is the galaxy in the 10.8 wallpaper still Andromeda, just from a different angle? It looks pretty similar, just recolored.
     
  2. Icaras macrumors 601

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    Nice, thanks for asking. I wouldn't have known otherwise. All along I was just thinking it was the Milky Way, but now that you point it out, it does look quite different.

    Anyway, awesome shot and loving it as my wallpaper at the moment. This is probably my favorite stock wallpaper from an OSX release yet. :D
     
  3. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

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    Actually, i don't even think our galaxy is a spiral galaxy. Not in the typical sense of the word, at least. I think it's considered a "weak" spiral. Could be wrong, though.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    The wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way Seems to inidicate that there is no concensus on the spiral structure of our galaxy. I'm no professional astronomer, though in my younger days I owned a telescope and used to go out to an observatory
     
  5. njaremka macrumors 6502

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    the problem with imaging or describing the milky way galaxy is that we are inside it. its like trying to determine what the outside of your house looks like without actually going outside.
     
  6. MasterHowl macrumors 65816

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    We don't have any photographs of the Milky way from an outside perspective, since we're inside it and it's so huge!
     
  7. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    The 10.8 wallpaper is the first one since Tiger that doesn't seem completely over the top to me...

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