Watch the magical Winter Solstice live from Newgrange

Watch the magical Winter Solstice live from Newgrange

Watch the magical Winter Solstice live from Newgrange

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.

Inside the chamber at the Winter Solstice at Newgrange yesterday morning.

That means that for half the year, the north pole is tilted a bit toward the sun (and experiences summer) and that for the other half of the year, the south pole is tilted a bit toward the sun, giving the northern hemisphere winter. The most well known is the celebration at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.

Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, all leading up to the winter solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year.

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The word solstice literally means, in Latin, that the sun is standing still. Fortunately, we'll be moving back towards longer days after this Thursday - the shortest day of the year.

During the period, northern parts of the USA are to experience zero to six hours of sunlight daily, while states that lie south will have nine to 10.5 hours. Of course, the winter solstice will only really affect those of us in the north.

"Culturally, the solstices and equinoxes are typically used to denote either the beginnings of the seasons or the center points of the seasons..." That precision is a reflection of the fact that the solstice is actually calculated by a measure other than day length.

This happens twice a year, mid-way between the summer and winter solstices, on March 21 and September 23. Spring and fall mark when the sun's rays are directly over the equator. Because of the unusual date of December 21 for the solstice, it makes more sense practically to have a more easily-remembered date for the beginning of the coldest months of the year.

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