The full moon appearing in the sky Thursday is a Strawberry Moon and Meteorologist Andy Pohl of the National Weather Service says it will be a nice night to view it in Portsmouth.

"This afternoon and evening it looks pretty nice," Pohl said. "There will be mostly clear skies."

Pohl said the moon will rise at 7:37 p.m. in Portsmouth and as far as temperatures are concerned, it will be in the mid-60s at 8 p.m. and by midnight it will be in the lower 50s.

There will not be much wind, Pohl said.

The best viewing spots in the city are typically rooftops. The city of Portsmouth has two parking garages that members of the public typically use for viewing fireworks and celestial events that don't require complete darkness to see.

According to scientists at NASA, the Strawberry Moon marks the last full moon of spring or the first full moon of summer. Towards the end of June, the moon usually sits in a lower position in the sky and shines through more of the Earth's atmosphere so it can give off a pinkish hue.

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