CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.
It’s the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue.
Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. also had good viewing, along with Russia.
At the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, hundreds gathered on the lawn in the wee hours under clear skies. Traffic was backed up more than a mile around the observatory. Sky-gazers also lined the beach near the Santa Monica Pier, some snapping photos and others reclining in the sand, their faces turned upward.
Photos: Super blue blood moon on Jan. 31
A super blue blood moon rises behind the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A so-called ‘super blue blood moon’ is seen in total eclipse above the Mojave Desert on January 31, 2018 near Amboy, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
The Statue of Liberty is backdropped by a supermoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A so-called ‘super blue blood moon’ sets behind Amboy Crater, a cinder cone volcano in the Mojave Desert, at the end of its total eclipse on January 31, 2018 near Amboy, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A super blue blood moon is seen setting behind the Hollywood hills in Los Angeles on Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A partially eclipsed super blue blood moon sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge on January 31, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen from Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
A rare occurrence called a ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ is seen behind the U.S. flag at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W….