angel of the north


Astrophoto: Angel of the North Gets a Halo

16 Nov , 2012 by

Halo (Comets and Starry Sky Edition). Credit: Peter Greig (St1nkyPete on Flickr)

What a stunning shot! It took much of the night, but astrophotographer Peter Greig has now given this angel a halo, in the form of star trails. The Angel of the North is a gigantic sculpture located in Gateshead, England. It is a 200 ton steel sculpture of an angel/being with airplane wings that measures 20 meters (66 feet) in height, with wings measuring 54 meters (177 ft) across — making it as tall as 4 double-decker London buses with a wingspan as big as a jumbo jet. The only mystery is, who is sitting at this angel’s feet?

The sculpture was designed by Antony Gormley and was completed in 1998. You can find out more about it here.

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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

1 Response

  1. That is a great shot! I think it’s very symbolic of our voyage into space as a human race.

    When do you think we’re going to send a publicly funded astronaut into space? I think it’ll be sooner than most people expect.

    Adam Brinckerhoff
    Development Engineer

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