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22 December 2004
Solstice illumination at Newgrange

Clear skies benefitted the twenty people who were selected from thousands of applicants to see the annual illumination of Newgrange by the solstice sunrise. The massive passage tomb of Newgrange at Brú na Bóinne (Ireland) was designed by its ancient builders so that during the shortest days of the year the rising sun illuminates the large corbelled vault chamber that lies at its heart. From the 21st of December for five days, weather permitting, the light of the rising sun shines into the intricately decorated chamber, marking the rebirth of nature and possibly having been considered as a relgious moment.

Source: U.TV (21 December 2004)

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