Here's where you can watch the Newgrange solstice live tomorrow

Here's where you can watch the Newgrange solstice live tomorrow

The weather won't get any warmer, and it will still be dark when you get out of bed, but at least the better days are approaching.

December 21 marks our winter solstice, but it's the summer solstice if you head beneath the equator.

Likely older than Stonehenge, the opening of this enclosed, mound-like structure is designed so that as the sun dawns on the morning of the winter solstice, light shoots down a tiny, cramped passage at a ideal angle to light an interior chamber.

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"Culturally, the solstices and equinoxes are typically used to denote either the beginnings of the seasons or the center points of the seasons..." The monument is carefully positioned so that on the day of the winter solstice, the sun sets through a gap in the stones. 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. This also means the first day of winter has arrived, but if you're not a winter lover, then the countdown to spring has also begun. But that usually doesn't make the solstice the coldest day of the year, or put it in the middle of winter. Afterwards, it will continue until it reaches the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. By contrast, it sits directly over the Tropic of Cancer during the summer solstice. 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.

Is the solstice on the same day every year?

"A few moments of magic...5,000 years in the making!"

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