People all over the world are invited to tune into a livestream of the Winter Solstice at the passage tomb at Newgrange in Meath this morning.
An astronomical phenomenon takes place within the 5,000-year-old chamber on this day each year. It is hoped that the clouds will clear this morning and the light will shine.
The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs on 21 or 22 December, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn. At sunrise on the shortest day of the year, for 17 minutes, direct sunlight can enter the Newgrange monument, not through the doorway, but through the specially contrived small opening above the entrance known as the ‘roof box’, to illuminate the Chamber.
Watch the OPW stream here:
Watch: Live Winter Solstice at Newgrange was last modified: December 21st, 2021 by Rachel McLaughlin