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Winter Solstice sunrise at Newgrange - 22nd December 2002

The winter solstice sunrise behind a Newgrange standing stone
The winter solstice sunrise behind a standing stone, photographed from the entrance of the passage tomb at Newgrange.


Rainbow at Newgrange
A rainbow appeared just before the sun shone directly on the mound.


The white quartz stone illuminated by the winter solstice sunrise with a rainbow to complete a wonderful spectacle
The white quartz stone beautifully illuminated by the winter solstice sunrise with a rainbow to complete a wonderful spectacle.


Newgrange illuminated by the winter solstice sunrise
The clouds gathered at the back of the mound but thankfully the winter solstice early morning sunshine shone brightly on the front of the mound.


Sunlight in the passage at Newgrange
Sunlight in the passage at Newgrange, photographed from the entrance, the sunbeam high on the orthostats (the stones lining the passage) illuminates the chamber.


Winter solstice at Newgange - 22nd December 2002
Clearly pleased to be at Newgrange on a mild winter solstice morning.


     


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Solstice literally means 'Sun Stands Still', for a few days around the time of the winter solstice the sun appears to stand still in the sky in that its elevation at noon does not seem to change. Click here for more information.


 

Rainbow at Newgrange winter solstice

Rainbow at Newgrange, winter solstice 2002

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