Solstice, full moon coincide to mark summer’s official arrival

A group of girls watches a full Strawberry Moon, or Rose Moon, rise above the Tagus river in Lisbon Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Strawberry Moon was the name given by native American Algonquin tribes to the June full moon while in Europe it's often called Rose Moon. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The summer solstice marks the season’s official arrival around the globe Monday.

In the United States, summer begins at 6:34 p.m. on the East Coast. That’s when the Sun reaches its highest point in Earth’s sky.

Monday also marks the longest period of daylight of the year. The days will get shorter beginning Tuesday until Dec. 21, the winter solstice.

Sky watchers will later be treated to a rare full moon coinciding with the solstice — it hasn’t happened since 1967.

June’s full moon has traditionally been nicknamed the “honey moon” or the “strawberry moon” because of its large, reddish-amber appearance in the sky.

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