Here, Watch the Winter Solstice Live, from a 5,000-Year-Old Irish Monument

Looking to escape the virtual hellscape that is the internet and get back in touch with the rhythms of nature? I can’t really help you, but this year you can watch a livestream of the the winter solstice at Newgrange, an unfathomably ancient prehistoric site in Ireland.


That’s according to RTE. 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 perfect angle to light an interior chamber. It’s a feat of incredible engineering when you consider that it’s something like five thousand years old. How often do you even hang a shelf?

Every year there’s a lottery to allow a few people to see this in person, but with 32,522 entries, you’ve got precious little chance of attending. Hence, the livestream, on the 50th anniversary of archeologist Dr Michael J O’Kelly rediscovering the alignment. The event begins 8:30 in the morning Irish time. So if you find yourself awake in the wee hours of the American morning, here’s the livestream. Enjoy.

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It warms my cold Celtic heart to see this profiled here. It really is a spectacular event given that it was built so precisely thousands of years ago so as to allow the inner chamber to be flooded with sunlight on the solstice. I’ve been as a school kid but not during the solstice. Would LOVE to though. Hashtag older than the pyramids. Hashtag older than that pile of pebbles at Stonehenge.