Summer is officially here! Let the games begin!
Tomorrow, June 21 at 1:16 PM is the summer solstice, the day that night and day share equal time. It is the technical beginning of summer. No big thing, just thought I would point it out to you. It is a notable mark, one of four on the celestial calendar and worth noting.
A 5,000 year old Cairn G at Carrowkeel in North West Ireland is aligned to allow sunlight from the setting sun at the summer solstice to enter the cairn and scan across an orthostat — a stone at the rear of the cairn. The Carrowkeel cairns are in the Bricklieve Mountains in County Sligo. Cairn G has a roofbox above the entrance, similar to Newgrange. The sun enters the chamber through the roofbox at sunset on the days around the summer solstice, illuminating the back of the chamber. Carrowkeel Cairn G is estimated to be 700 years older than Newgrange, it is smaller and less sophisticated, the passage is two meters long compared with nineteen meters at Newgrange.
Now that we got all that trivial pursuit and geography out of the way,
Welcome to Summer! Enjoy!
- Happy Winter Solstice Newgrange! (daydreamtourist.com)