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Photos: Supermoon looms bright in night sky

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(AP) -- Look up in the sky for a super sight: the biggest and brightest full moon of the year.

The so-called supermoon will appear 14 percent larger than normal early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth. Some viewers may think the supermoon looks more dazzling, but it's actually an optical illusion. The moon looms larger on the horizon next to trees and buildings.

The moon will come within 222,000 miles of Earth and turn full around 7:30 a.m. EDT, making it the best time to view.

Here are AP photos of the supermoon:

A "supermoon" rises behind the Home Place clock tower in Prattville, Ala., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual. While the moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal, sky watchers won't be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it's worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

A full moon rises beside the Bank of America corporate headquarters in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

A full moon rises beside an office building in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

A full moon rises behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

A full moon rises through a hazy sky over street lamps, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The moon in its waxing gibbous stage sh behind tree limbs and a statue a marble statue by John Gelert representing history and law on the top of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, N.J., Friday, June 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The moon in its waxing gibbous stage is shines behind a statue entitled "Enlightenment Giving Power" by John Gelert, which sits at the top of the dome of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, N.J., Friday, June 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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