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Full Moon and summer solstice coincide for a rare phenomenon

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

It hasn't happened in nearly 70 years, but it will happen today!  The first day of summer will coincide with the full moon.

The full "Strawberry" moon will be lighting up the country side this evening just as the Summer Solstice takes place.

The moon was officially full this morning at 7:02 a.m. and the exact time of the solstice is this evening at 6:34 p.m.  This is when the suns direct rays are as far north as they will travel, which is the Tropic of Cancer at 23.5 degrees north of the equator.

The solstice marks the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. 

The full moon in the month of June - the Strawberry moon - gets it's nickname from the Algonquin Tribe.  They saw the full moon as a signal to gather ripening fruit. It's also know as the "Rose" moon.  

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