Last week, I used the just-released Hubble Space Telescope images of the Andromeda galaxy to create a couple of desktop images for my Retina iMac. I liked the results so much that I spent some time collecting other suitable images from the Hubble site, and then cropping and/or scaling them to create interesting high-res desktop images. (I used Acorn for all the edits; it had no troubles, even with TIF images as large as 20,323x16,259!)
The end result is a collection of 50+ Retina iMac-sized (5120x2880) desktop wallpapers, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope. Here's the full collection:
There are at least two versions of nearly every image—one or more where I cropped out an interesting area of the photo at 5120x2880, and one where I scaled down and then cropped as needed to get as much of the full image as possible.
There are three ways to get an image (or all the images):
Method One: One at a time
- Command-click on the image (anywhere other than on the navigation arrows) you'd like to download. This will create a new background tab (in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, at least), loaded with that image's high-resolution page on my OneDrive.
- At the top of the page you'll see a Download icon and text; click there to save the file to your Mac.
- Repeat for each image you want, and then organize as you wish, and set them up as rotating desktop images.
Method Two: Another way to get one at a time
Open the full folder on OneDrive, and browse/download directly from there. Click on any image, then click the Download icon to download the selected image to your Mac.
Method Three: Gimme the full set!
If you want all 54 images, just download this zip file from OneDrive.
Images courtesy of NASA/ESA, and full image credits can be found on the linked image page for each image reproduced above.