Newgrange Winter Solstice - 18th December 2011


Sunrise at 8:51am
Sunrise at 8:51am


The Solstice Lottery Winners are in the chamber
8:53am - The Solstice Lottery Winners are in the chamber waiting for the sunbeam to reach them.


The sunbeam beginning to illuminate the passage.
8:54am - The sunbeam beginning to illuminate the passage.



8:55am - The Solstice Sunbeam in the passage.



8:56 - Cloud on the horizon partially obscuring the sunrise.



8:57am - The sun breaking through the low cloud.


Sunbeam still not at full strength due to the low cloud.
9:00am - Sunbeam still not at full strength due to the low cloud.


The sun finally breaks through the low cloud.
9:01am - The sun finally breaks through the low cloud.



9:03am - A brilliant sunrise.



9:04am - Perfect sunrise to illuminate the chamber which is at the end of a 19 metre passage.


The sunbeam from the opening over the door travels all the way to the chamber.
9:06am - The sunbeam from the opening over the door travels all the way to the chamber.


Perfect conditions for the Winter Solstice illumination at Newgrange.
9:09am - Perfect conditions for the Winter Solstice illumination at Newgrange.



9:12am - Newgrange Quartz Wall.



Solstice Lottery Winners emerge from the chamber.
9:17am - Solstice Lottery Winners emerge from the chamber.




9:37am - Sun light still in the passage.
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