Newgrange Solstice - 18th December 2010

Newgrange is renowned for the remarkable man-made phenomenon of its passage and chamber being bathed in sunlight on the mornings around the Winter Solstice. Positioned above the entrance to the mound's passage is a roof-box, through which a ray of light enters the monument. This sun beam traverses the 19m (62ft) passage, extending into the chamber.

A cold snowy morning at Newgrange
A cold snowy morning at Newgrange with a bank of cloud on the eastern horizon

Newgrange - December 2010
The Solstice Lottery winners are inside waiting and hoping for the sun to break through the cloud

Solstice Watches
OPW Staff and a few Solstice Watches outside the passage entrance

Newgrange floating standing stone
It looks like the standing stone is floating a few inches above the ground, of course it's just a visual illusion

The sun shining through the roofbox
The sun shining through the roofbox and up the passage, it's the higher beam that illuminates the chamber

Newgrange standing stones
The standing stones throwing long shadows

White Quartz front
The White Quartz front wall of Newgrange illuminated by the morning sun

Solstice Lottery winners
The Solstice Lottery winners emerge from the Newgranger chamber

Newgrange Solstice Sun
The sun retreats from the passage

Newgrange Winter Solstice Archive

Newgrange Roof-box : Winter Solstice Sunbeam

Newgrange Winter Solstice : National Monuments Service

Setting Sun Alignments

The Winter Solstice Setting Sun illuminates the chamber at the nearby Dowth mound and at the cairn on Slieve Gullion in Co. Armagh.

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