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.
The Winter Solstice Sunrise event will be streamed live on TG4’s Facebook HERE and www.TG4.ie to give everyone a chance to share this experience from anywhere in the world.
An astronomical phenomenon takes place within the 5,000-year-old chamber on this day each year. As always, it is dependant on whether the clouds will clear to allow the light to 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.
What an amazing Winter Solstice sunrise experience this morning at Newgrange. Check out these amazing photos taken inside the chamber by one of our lucky Solstice winners Kieran Sheedy☀️ #NewgrangeSunrise #WinterSolstice2022 #Sunrise #OPW #HeritageIreland pic.twitter.com/mHESBTUEEY
— Office of Public Works (@opwireland) December 20, 2022