Winter Solstice sunrise at Newgrange - 22nd December 2002
The winter solstice sunrise behind a standing stone, view from the
entrance of the passage tomb.
appeared just before the sun shone directly on the Newgrange mound.
The white quartz stone illuminated by the solstice
sunrise with a rainbow
to complete the spectacle.
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, photographed from the entrance, the
sunbeam high on the orthostats (the stones lining the passage) illuminates
Clearly pleased to be at Newgrange on a mild winter solstice morning.
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.
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433