The Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. We have front row seats in Lough Gur on December 21st! Many gather at the site to see the sunrise however the site at sunset holds equal significance as we say goodbye to the end of the shortest day of the year and welcome in the longer brighter days of the year. If you would like to witness this event arrive to the stone circle before sunset at 4.12pm.
Later that evening the Shannonside astronomy club will present a talk titled:
The Star of Bethlehem – An Astronomical Detective Story
Monday December 21st at 8pm in The Honey Fitz Theatre
Extract: Just what was the ‘Star of Bethlehem? Such a question has been asked for over 2000 years, and is one we could not answer with certainty. Following a different line of research, along the lines of a detective mystery, Shannonside Astronomy Club’s Tony O’Hanlon pieces together a varied and difficult puzzle of historical and cultural events, to allow modern astronomical knowledge to be applied to what is now believed by many scientists to be ‘the star’.
Ticket price: €5.00. Phone 061 385186 to book a place. Please sign up to the Lough Gur Facebook page and check the Lough Gur website for updates on events.