The biggest and brightest full moon of the year lit the sky for a super sight.

The so-called supermoon was supposed to appear 14 percent larger than normal early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth.

And while some may think the supermoon looked more dazzling, it's actually an optical illusion. The moon looms larger on the horizon next to trees and buildings.

Experts said the moon would come within 222,000 miles of Earth.

"It gets people out there looking at the moon, and might make a few more people aware that there's interesting stuff going on in the night sky," Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory said in an email to the Associated Press.

As in any supermoon event, high tides are forecast because of the moon's proximity, but the effect is expected to be small.

Forget about the myths that swirl every time a supermoon appears. There's no link to higher crime or bizarre behavior. Scientists say that's just lunacy.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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