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Full moon, solstice overlap for the first time in decades during “strawberry moon”

By Nicole Blanchard

nblanchard@idahostatesman.com

A full moon sets beyond the Rocky Mountains beyond Denver.
A full moon sets beyond the Rocky Mountains beyond Denver. Associated Press

Monday marks the summer solstice, or the longest day of the year with about 17 hours of daylight. It also coincides with a full moon, known as a “strawberry moon” in June because it signals the start of strawberry season for Algonquin tribes, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The overlap of the two is the first in nearly 70 years, according to the Almanac.

According to Elizabeth Padian of the National Weather Service in Boise, the sun will reach its peak in the sky at 4:34 p.m. local time. Sunset will begin around 9:30 p.m., Padian said. She said Treasure Valley residents can expect the full moon, which is also known as the mead or honey moon, to be easily visible.

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