Biggest and brightest moon of the year awes skywatchers

The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14 percent larger than normal.

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2013 supermoon

Photo by Luvin' the light

Luvin' the light took this photo at Yosemite National Park in California this weekend.

2013 supermoon

Photo by mixout

Sunday’s supermoon reflects off water in Multia in western Finland.

A supermoon sets near the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in New York. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A full moon rises behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Saturday, June 22, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

2013 supermoon

Photo by CarlaFrancisco

Sunday’s supermoon is viewed from the Oeiras Yachting Club, rising above the left bank of the Tagus River in Portugal.

Fans sit as the moon rises behind them during the Los Angeles Angels' baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A cotton candy vendor, center, walks in from of the moon during the Los Angeles Angels' baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

2013 supermoon

Photo by MikeMey67

Flickr photographer MikeMey67 snapped this photo of the supermoon at Blackheath in London.

2013 supermoon

Photo by filgerm

The supermoon peeks through pines on Sunday. The moon in most locations appears up to 15 percent larger.

A closer, brighter full moon dubbed a "supermoon" is shown around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013 in this picture made through an amateur astronomer's 5-inch refractor telescope, near Stedman, N.C. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Johnny Horne)

2013 supermoon

Photo by Fernando Miguel

Fernando Miguel snapped this supermoon photo at Ponta da Piedade near Lagos, Portugal.

A statue of the Angel Moroni on top a Latter-day Saints temple is silhouetted against the rising moon Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

2013 supermoon

Photo by Frank Kehren

This composite image—the photo of the supermoon and the hiker were taken separately and then combined—was snapped at Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

A full moon rises beside the Bank of America corporate headquarters in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

2013 supermoon

Photo by red_lion

Flickr user red_lion took this photo of a gold supermoon—a “a moon of unsurpassed size and beauty,” he writes—in Belém near Lisbon.

The moon is seen in its waxing gibbous stage as it rises over Lower Manhattan, including One World Trade Center, center, seen from The Heights neighborhood of Jersey City, N.J., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be seen 13.5 percent larger than usual during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

2013 supermoon

Photo by James Lennie

Flickr photographer James Lennie took this photo with a Skywatcher ED80 Refractor on his Canon 600D at prime focus.

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)

2013 supermoon

Photo by Gabriel GM

The supermoon is when the moon is full and at perigee—when it is closest to the earth in its orbit.

2013 supermoon

Photo by le bon docteur

Clouds shroud the supermoon in this photo by Flickr user le bon docteur.