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Desktop Wallpaper: Deep space nebula

The Eagle Nebula

The mysterious nebula is arguably the most awe-inspiring cosmological phenomena known. The images published by our friends at NASA reveal the vastness of the universe and make for some mesmerizing desktop wallpaper.

One of the most striking images produced by the Hubble Telescope was this view of the Eagle Nebula showing columns of cool interstellar hydrogen gas and dust.

Note: All of the images and descriptions are courtesy of NASA and many more are available on the NASA Web site. For best results, click the View full size link under each image. This gallery was originally published in November 2011.

Credit: NASA

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

9 comments
blavelle62
blavelle62

How do I download images as Desktop Screensaver ? Link ! Do I use a special folder?

Awahili Guni
Awahili Guni

[ol]Go to your Pictures (or wherever you stored them in) [*] All we need is just 2 or 3 images from several folders if you have multiple folders just to get started ------------- Go to AppData [*] Click on Local [*] Click on Microsoft [*] Click on Windows [*] Click on Themes - [i] note if there are no folder there, right click and create a folder and name it exactly like this: Themes[/i] [*] Click on image of picture from your file folder in Pictures and COPY and paste into THEMES (just 2 or 3)[/ul] Now close your Pictures and AppData - and right click mouse to click on PERSONALIZE; from there you will now see your images in the upper top - cool huh? :) At this point, you can now click on that image, then on the bottom, click on the link, which will open into anoher page in turn which will open into your photo folder. You can also now open other Albums by clicking on Browse. Having the options to select one, shuffle, rotate, including transparency and so much more in the advanced settings! Have fun! :-D [/ol]

Pedro.V
Pedro.V

I love the subject and the images.... only I won't be using them as desktop wallpapers any time soon. Their resolution is just too low to consider it, it would not do the pictures any justice.

info
info

I have experimented with these images and found that there is a huge difference between using the normal and the enhanced version. The latter profits from a better resolution on a standard monitor

dcal53
dcal53

Just started looking but how to make these awesome pictures as my own desktop wallpaper/background?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

That will give you the highest resolution - so are very big.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

It is slightly different depending on the browser, but in Firefox for example - open the full image using the link on this page, and then right-click the ensuing image. In the menu will be an item that says "Set as desktop background" In Windows properties you can specify how the image should fill the screen.