Categories: Astrophotos

Astrophoto: Angel of the North Gets a Halo

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

Nancy has been with Universe Today since 2004, and has published over 6,000 articles on space exploration, astronomy, science and technology. She is the author of two books: "Eight Years to the Moon: the History of the Apollo Missions," (2019) which shares the stories of 60 engineers and scientists who worked behind the scenes to make landing on the Moon possible; and "Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos" (2016) tells the stories of those who work on NASA's robotic missions to explore the Solar System and beyond. Follow Nancy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Nancy_A and and Instagram at and https://www.instagram.com/nancyatkinson_ut/

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