Watch The Newgrange Winter Solstice live online this year

Watch The Newgrange Winter Solstice live online this year

Watch The Newgrange Winter Solstice live online this year

Regardless of where you live in the world, you can now watch the Winter Solstice LIVE from Newgrange, Co Meath on December 20 and 21.

Each year, the OPW runs a Winter Solstice Lottery to select a handful of visitors from across the globe to witness the spectacular display in person. The coldest day of the year usually lags behind a bit, because even though the amount of daylight increases as we move past the winter solstice, the Earth continues to shed more heat than it actually receives from the Sun.

The winter solstice happens tomorrow on Thursday at 11:28 a.m.in the Northern Hemisphere and is "the day the Sun stands still" as it reaches its southern-most position at the Tropic of Capricorn.

The solstice also marks the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the northern hemisphere, giving the solstice the nickname the shortest day of the year.

If the Sun is shining on December 21 at noon, your shadow will be the longest all year.

The word solstice literally means, in Latin, that the sun is standing still.


That means December, January and February are the height of summer in countries like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

"It is how we connected sites like Munster Joinery's offices in Ballydesmond and we are delighted it has now led to our involvement with Newgrange and the winter solstice", he said.

"Culturally, the solstices and equinoxes are typically used to denote either the beginnings of the seasons or the center points of the seasons..."

Is the solstice on the same day every year?

During the other half of the year, between September and March, the south pole is pointing toward the sun, with the solstice marking the midway point of this journey.

This phenomenon would have happened every year for the past 5,000, if Newgrange hadn't been buried for 4,000 years or so, only being uncovered by Scottish landowner Charles Campbell in 1699. This will give us our longest day.

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