Super blue blood moon delights skywatchers

Skywatchers were treated to the extremely rare phenomenon of a super blue blood moon early Wednesday.

The unusual lunar trifecta occured for the first time in North America since 1866, according to Space.com.

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“The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of ‘supermoons,’ when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual,” explains NASA. “It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a ‘blue moon.’ The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a ‘blood moon.’

“For the (continental) U.S., the viewing will be best in the West,” explained Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington, in a statement.

Across the globe, skywatchers were closely monitoring the moon to see the rare event.

People set up telescopes on the waterfront for the super blue moon and eclipse in Hong Kong, China January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip - RC16F8115BB0

People set up telescopes on the waterfront for the super blue moon and eclipse in Hong Kong, China Jan. 31, 2018. (REUTERS/Bobby Yip)

Photographers have also been capturing the phenomenon on camera.

The Statue of Liberty is backdropped by a supermoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York. The supermoon, which is the final of three consecutive supermoons, also experience lunar eclipse as it set over the horizon, but only a partial eclipse was visible in the East Coast. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Statue of Liberty is backdropped by a supermoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York. The supermoon, which is the final of three consecutive supermoons, also experience lunar eclipse as it set over the horizon, but only a partial eclipse was visible in the East Coast. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Only a partial eclipse, however, was visible in the East Coast of the U.S. 

The Statue of Liberty is backdropped by a supermoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York. The supermoon, which is the final of three consecutive supermoons, also experience lunar eclipse as it set over the horizon, but only a partial eclipse was visible in the East Coast. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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)

Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats in North America, along with the Canadian Yukon.

The eclipsing blood moon appears above the statue of Kansa Warrior Ad Astra atop the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.  Hawaii and Alaska have the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. should have good viewing, too, along with Russia. The U.S. East Coast, Europe and most of South America and Africa are out of luck for the eclipse. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The eclipsing blood moon appears above the statue of Kansa Warrior Ad Astra atop the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

While the super blue blood moon was visible in the pre-dawn hours in much of the U.S., other parts of the world viewed the lunar event in the middle of the night.

A full moon is seen during a lunar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside - RC195D982040

A full moon is seen during a lunar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia Jan. 31, 2018. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)

The event was particularly visible in Australia and Asia.

Lunar eclipse is seen over Tokyo Skytree in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.  On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon which is a supermoon, but also a lunar eclipse, all rolled into one celestial phenomenon. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Lunar eclipse is seen over Tokyo Skytree in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The lunar spectactle has been generating plenty of buzz on social media, with #SuperBlueBloodMoon a topic trending global topic on Twitter.

Some Twitter users, however, were underwhelmed by the spectacle.

The unusual lunar showstopper won't happen again until 2037.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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