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Summer solstice, full strawberry moon coincide Monday for rare occurrence

A rare event will occur Monday. The summer solstice and a full strawberry moon coincide on the same day. It’s been several decades since it last happened.
A rare event will occur Monday. The summer solstice and a full strawberry moon coincide on the same day. It’s been several decades since it last happened. jsleezer@kcstar.com

A rare event takes place Monday that might be considered once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

Monday is the first day of summer, or summer solstice. There will also be a full moon — this time of year this full moon is referred to as the full strawberry moon.

There’s conflicting information as to when the last time the two occurred on the same day. EarthSky said the last one was in 1967. Meanwhile, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says a full moon hasn’t landed smack on the solstice since 1948.

Atlas Obscura pointed out that in 1967, the summer solstice occurred at 10:23 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 21st. The full moon was at 12:56 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 22nd.

While the moon is referred to as a full strawberry moon, it won’t be red or pink. It will appear as a normal full moon.

The name comes from the Algonquin tribes who took the full moon in June as a sign to start gathering ripening strawberries. It is also known as the full rose moon in Europe, as well as the mead moon and honey moon, according to the National Weather Service in Kansas City’s Facebook page.

The moon should take on an amber color because of the humidity this time of year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac

The moon rises in the east about 8:33 p.m. ET Monday.

Learn how February's full moon came to be known as the "Full Snow Moon" among Native American tribes.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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