Newgrange Winter Solstice 2020

Winter Solstice gatherings at the Neolithic Passage Tomb of Newgrange on the mornings around December 21st were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. However the Solstice Sunrise event was live-streamed from within the Newgrange Chamber on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of December.

The winter solstice sunrise on Sunday December 20th was near perfect, just a little cloud on the horizon. The following still images from the live-streaming provide an overview of the wonderful illumination of the chamber by the rising winter solstice sun.

View of the rising sun from the roofbox which directs the sun into the Newgrange chamber.
8:58am - View of the rising sun from the roofbox which directs the sun into the Newgrange chamber.

Overhead view of the beam of light inside the Newgrange chamber.
9:00am - Overhead view of the beam of light inside the Newgrange chamber.

Sun rising above the horizon, viewed from Newgange.
9:01am - Sun rising above the horizon, viewed from Newgange.

View from the chamber of the light coming down the passage.
9:02am - View from the chamber of the light coming down the passage.

9:03am - overhead view of the sunbeam in the Newgrange chamber.
9:03am - overhead view of the sunbeam in the Newgrange chamber.

View from Newgrange of the rising sun.
9:05am - View from Newgrange of the rising sun.

Shaft of light viewed from within the Newgrange chamber.
9:06am - Shaft of light viewed from within the Newgrange chamber.

Rising sun viewed from the Newgrange monument.
9:07am - Rising sun viewed from the Newgrange monument.

Sunbeam retreating down the passage inside Newgrange.
9:08am - Sunbeam retreating down the passage inside Newgrange.

9:09am - Rising sun viewed from the Newgrange monument.
9:09am - Rising sun viewed from the Newgrange monument.


Winter Solstice sunrise at Newgrange on Sunday December 20th - very good sunrise.


Recording of Winter Solstice at Newgrange on Monday December 21st - no visible sunrise.


Recording of Winter Solstice at Newgrange on Tuesday December 22nd - good sunrise.

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