Winter Solstice sunrise at Newgrange - 19th December 2004
In 2004 the actual winter solstice
fell on December 21st, however the sunrise
illuminates the passage and chamber at Newgrange for a few days around the
actual solstice date. The weather forecast was promising for Sunday the 19th, so I
joined a small group at the entrance to the mound and was duly rewarded
with a beautiful sunrise.
Sunlight beginning to illuminate the white quartz front of Newgrange at 9:02am
Newgrange entrance fully illuminated by glorious rays of sunshine at 9:15am
Sun light in the passage at Newgrange viewed from the entrance.
Sunrise over a standing stone viewed from the entrance of Newgrange.
The lucky people selected by lottery
leaving the chamber at 9:22am
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