Newgrange Winter Solstice 2015

On the days around the Winter Solstice when the skies are clear the rising sun illuminates the passage and chamber of the 5000 year old megalithic passage tomb at Newgrange in the Boyne Valley. Conditions were perfect on Saturday 20th December for a magnificent solstice morning at Newgrange.

Newgrange Winter Solstice 2015Patiently waiting for sunrise at Newgrange - 20th December 2015.


Sunrise at Newgrange 2015Sunrise at Newgrange - 20th December 2015.


Newgrange Solstice 2015
Welcoming the Winter Solstice Sunrise at Newgrange - 20th December 2015.


Newgrange Winter Solstice 2015Winter Solstice Sunbeam entering the passage at Newgrange - 20th December 2015.


Winter Solstice Sunbeam 2015
Winter Solstice Sunbeam in the passage at Newgrange - 20th December 2015.

5000 year old solar alignment

Above the entrance to Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-box. On mornings around the winter solstice a beam of light penetrates the roof-box and travels up the 19 metre passage and into the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens so that the whole chamber is dramatically illuminated.

Access to the chamber on the Solstice mornings is decided by a lottery that takes place at the end of September each year. All are welcome to gather outside the entrance to the Newgrange mound on each of the mornings from December 18th to December 23rd inclusive, sunrise is at 8.58am.

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The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over Newgrange
The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over Newgrange in the Boyne Valley on December 20th 2015.



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