Spring equinox alignment comes to an end

Being just a day short of three weeks after the equinox I was uncertain of what to expect. Theoretically, at least some of the beam should be still visible, even if it had left the inside of the monument and was by now retreating through the gate. After all the sun had kept moving daily …

Spring equinox – walking with the sun

March 14, was a second sunny, frosty but distinctively colder morning with a very winterly wind. Last March I pondered over the possibility of Cornamount Hill being a location to stand at the equinox to see the sun rising from behind the Grianán. So I returned, making good progress on the farmer’s new road and …

First sign of the equinox

Last year, on October 2, on a very early visit to the monument, I found to my great surprise that the beam of sunlight still crossed the entire inside of the monument, 11 days after the date of the equinox. In effort to establish the duration of the alignment, when does the first beam of …

Autumn Equinox 2014

A sunny September made up for the misery of March last and offered the opportunity to observe the alignment for longer then before. The first attempt was made on September 15, although it seemed at first very unlikely but the heavy cloud cover started suddenly to disperse just past 7 am, leaving me still somewhat …

Spring equinox 2014

Apparently certain years in one’s life can turn into the collected accumulation of everything going wrong for no reason at all. 2014 seems to be such a year for me and so far would have been more comfortable spent in hibernation. Even the spring equinox basically bailed and was at best half an equinox, with …

Autumn Equinox 2013

The sun seemed to tease us this time, hiding behind a band of clouds above the Magilligan Hills, as if somehow reluctant to make an appearance. Although more probably is, that we got there too early and while waiting, time always refuses to flow at average speed. The first rays of light entered the gate …

Spring Equinox 2013

A hazy sun rose this morning but a sun nevertheless. And although having seen the marvel of this alignment already twice, it still creates amazement, as if it may not appear on this occasion. Even so, a longer then usual winter, artic winds and seemingly eternal grey skies, made this break a very fortunate one, …

Autumn equinox 2012

Seldom has this monument seen such commotion in the early hours of a Saturday morning. Members of a local sports club had erected an obstacle course at the car park and started exercising under the first glorious rays of the rising sun, – today of all days. A group of Polish members of our community …

Spring Equinox 2012

The monument is aligned to the rising sun of the equinox, its beam effectively halving  its inside into a northern and southern part. At entering through the gate the circa 3 feet wide beam reaches the lower stones of the wall opposite. It seems very likely that the stone-lined path found at its discovery would …