Newgrange Solstice - 18th December 2010

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
The rising sun starting to break through the clouds. It looks like the standing stone is floating a few inches above the ground, of course it's just a visual illusion caused by the shadow and the snow around the base of the stone.

The sun shining through the roofbox
The sun shining through the roofbox and up the passage, it's the higher beam that
makes its way up the passage, not the beam a ground level inside the open gate.

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 passage.

Newgrange Solstice Sun
The sun retreats from the passage, it's the higher beam from the opening over the door
called a roofbox that makes it's way up the 19 metre passage and into the chamber.

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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