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The most shocking Supermoon pictures and truths: Why it's all just an illusion

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The Supermoon on a cloudy night in Houston. August 2014
"The Supermoon on a cloudy night in Houston," Sarah P. titles this Twitter photo. Sarah P./Twitter
#Supermoon over #Houston!
"#Supermoon over #Houston!" Tracy posts with her Twitter pic. Photo by Tracy/Twitter
#SuperMoon #Houston #TX August 2014
"#SuperMoon #Houston #TX," Jen & Juice caption this Twitter pic. Photo by Jen & Juice/Twitter
#supermoon getting covered by clouds over Houston...
Marc Isaacs writes, "#supermoon getting covered by clouds over Houston...." Photo by Marc Isaacs/Twitter
Super moon over the Fred Hartman Bridge...from KPRC, Houston.
Christy shared this great pic on Twitter, writing, "Super moon over the Fred Hartman Bridge...from KPRC, Houston." Christy/Twitter
Super moon in Houston Texas is banging!
"Super moon in Houston Texas is banging!" tweets Mag T. Photo by Mag T/Twitter
The Super Moon is officially out. Perseid meteor shower later tonight. August 2014
"The Super Moon is officially out. Perseid meteor shower later tonight," the Cleanly Maids say. Cleanly Maid/Twitter
Super Moon 2!  (Houston, Texas) August 2014
Rachel Harvey tweets this photo with the caption, "Super Moon 2! (Houston, Texas)." Rachel Harvey/Twitter
1 Supermoon over downtown Houston August 2014 "The super moon rises over downtown Houston. "
"The super moon rises over downtown Houston," Melissa Moore tweets. Photo by Melissa Moore/Twitter
supermoon over Houston August 2014
Jeff and Melinda K shared this image via Twitter to KHOU. Photo courtesy of KHOU News/Channel 11
The Supermoon on a cloudy night in Houston. August 2014
#Supermoon over #Houston!
#SuperMoon #Houston #TX August 2014
#supermoon getting covered by clouds over Houston...
Super moon over the Fred Hartman Bridge...from KPRC, Houston.
Super moon in Houston Texas is banging!
The Super Moon is officially out. Perseid meteor shower later tonight. August 2014
Super Moon 2!  (Houston, Texas) August 2014
1 Supermoon over downtown Houston August 2014 "The super moon rises over downtown Houston. "
supermoon over Houston August 2014

Sky observers in Houston — and rest of the Northern Hemisphere — got a special treat on Sunday as a supermoon glowed behind a somewhat cloudy sky, and a double dose of spectacular is expected to peak Tuesday with an annual meteor shower.

A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full at the closest point in its orbit to Earth, called the moon's perigee. Sunday night's moon became full at the same time as its perigee, making it the most super of the supermoons this year. In fact, the supermoon was about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons during the year.

 The supermoon was about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons during the year. 

"The illusion occurs when the moon is near the horizon," according to NASA. "For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects."

The annual meteor shower, Perseid, is expected to peak Tuesday night and continue through early Wednesday morning, according the Houston Museum of Science blog. The George Observatory will be open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Tuesday for meteor shower viewing. Event tickets are $5 per person.  

Houstonians and the world witnessed the first supermoon this year on July 12. And if you didn't get a chance to see the moon this weekend, you'll have another opportunity at catching a supermoon when it happens again on Sept. 9.

Local astronomers, professional and amateur, shared their photo snaps of Sunday's supermoon. Click through the slideshow for some of their great shots.

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