Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

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Wyo. officials: Eclipse likely biggest event

A young girl watches the solar eclipse during a solar eclipse watch party at the Laramie County Library on Monday in Cheyenne, Wyo. They city was near the totality path, which resulted in 97.5 percent of the sun being covered and a 15-20 degree drop in temperatures. […]

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ITD releases outgoing eclipse traffic numbers

Travelers head north on Interstate 15 prior to Monday’s total solar eclipse over Idaho Falls. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com More than 90,000 vehicles flowed out of Idaho in the two days following the eclipse. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Eclipse passes without major disruption

Marie, Debby, and Josie Scales, along with other visitors to the Museum of Idaho watch as the total solar eclipse finishes over Idaho Falls on Monday. The Scales family is visiting Idaho Falls from San Diego, Calif. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com In the months leading up to […]

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Roughly 1 million visited Wyoming for eclipse

Traffic backed up for more than 10 miles near the Glendo exit on Interstate 25 during the total solar eclipse in Glendo, Wyo., on Monday. Glendo had a totality time of two minutes and 27 seconds, the longest totality time in the state. Jacob Byk / Wyoming […]

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Eclipse breaks Craters’ attendance records

Visitors arrive Monday at Craters of the Moon before the solar eclipse. courtesy Craters of the Moon ARCO — While the traffic tie-ups and campground crowds in most places weren’t as bad as some people feared, Monday’s total eclipse of the sun was big for Craters of […]

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Thanks to all our visitors, planners, first responders, NASA, Museum of Idaho and all the rest!

The current estimates are the some 300,000 people came to eastern Idaho to see the spectacular total eclipse! We had a perfect day with clear skies and an enthusiastic but respectful crowd. Now that you’ve been here, come back to make us your base camp for Yellowstone […]

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Traffic remains congested in Yellowstone

An unidentified woman watches the approaching eclipse on Monday as hundreds of other tourists stay focused on an eruption of the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park. The eclipse drew large crowds to the park and many visitors stayed at the park afterward to enjoy its […]

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Eclipse draws strong business

Shoppers pick out solar eclipse t-shirts at the Idaho Falls Farmers Market on Saturday. Most solar eclipse visitors have left eastern Idaho by now, though many of their dollars remain. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Visitors enjoy museum eclipse events

Charissa Nelson, 6, shoots an arrow from a straw during a STEM event at the Museum of Idaho after the total solar eclipse over Idaho Falls on Monday. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com A handful of tourists continued to mill around Idaho Falls after Monday’s total solar eclipse, […]

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Eclipse exodus clogs major roads

Traffic on Interstate 15 northbound to Idaho Falls was busier than normal Monday morning prior to the eclipse. Idaho Falls was in the path of totality for Monday’s eclipse. Afternoon traffic was especially heavy as thousands of eclipse observers headed back home. Monte LaOrange / mlaorange@postregister.com As […]

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River Walk visitors stunned by eclipse

Diana Alanis, left, and Mario Alanis, of San Jose, Calif., watch the final moments of the total solar eclipse over Idaho Falls on Monday. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com As the last of the sun’s blinding rays were blocked out by the shadow of the moon, the sun’s […]

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A flash of light, then raucous joy

Laurie Dee, center, looks throws through a telescope at Melaleuca Field in Idaho Falls during the total solar eclipse over Idaho Falls on Monday. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com The sky was clear and nearly dark at 11:32 a.m. Monday as people at Melaleuca Field pointed their eyes […]

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Eclipse chasers enjoy the view in Idaho Falls

The corona and prominences are seen during Monday’s total solar eclipse over Idaho Falls. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com As the last of the sun’s blinding rays were blocked out by the shadow of the moon, the sun’s silver-blue corona became visible and a whoop rang out along […]

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Traffic increases, I.F. parks nearing capacity

Traffic stacks up at exit 119 on Interstate 15 at 7:30 a.m. today. Idaho Transportation Department The Region 3 Incident Management Team’s Area Command gave the following update at 10:16 a.m. in relation to eclipse traffic: Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

In this Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 photo, people gather at the Symbiosis Gathering in Ochoco State Forest in Oregon to prepare for Monday’s total solar eclipse. The temporary city built from the dust in the path of eclipse totality is home for a week to about 30,000 […]

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Property owner pulls eclipse campsites from Airbnb

Hundreds of campers hoping to watch Monday’s solar eclipse from Thornton were left in the lurch Saturday when the owner of the property they’d booked campsites on canceled, according to Salt Lake City’s KUTV. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Eclipse countdown underway

William Suit watches a film about outer space at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls on Friday. The museum has organized a slew of events throughout the weekend and on Monday. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com Throughout the region, groups have prepared concerts, fairs and other events […]

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Future eclipses in the 21st century

The next big coast-to-coast total solar eclipse will be on Aug. 12, 2045. Salt Lake City is in the path of totality for that eclipse. courtesy greatamericaneclipse.com For those who miss Monday’s total solar eclipse, it will be another 152 years until another one is visible in […]

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Eclipse glasses going quick

Cardboard frames for solar eclipse glasses are stacked in the American Paper Optics factory in Bartlett, Tenn., on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The company is one of many businesses — hotels, campgrounds and stores — taking advantage of the total solar eclipse — when the moon passes […]

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Tips for capturing images of the eclipse

Astrophotographer Carl Stoots works with his telescope in his homemade observatory in this 2013 file photograph. Post Register file Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit eastern Idaho for Monday’s total solar eclipse — the first to to span the coastal United States since 1918. […]

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Mostly clear skies expected Monday

Clear skies are expected for Monday’s eclipse, with a slight chance of thin clouds. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best

Jon Drollinger poses for a photo in the back of a mini-ambulance in Idaho Falls on Thursday. The Idaho Falls Fire Department has learned from other nations to prepare for the upcoming eclipse by utilizing a mini-ambulance and golf carts to access patients quickly in the event […]

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Eclipse visitors passing through I.F.

Retiree Grant Duke lounged shirtless in a chair outside his van at Freeman Park on Thursday, catching a tan with a book in his hands during a warm, sunny afternoon. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Air traffic booms ahead of eclipse

The Idaho Falls Regional Airport expects major increase in both commercial flight passengers and private plane pilots for Monday’s eclipse. Monte LaOrange / mlaorange@postregister.com A major increase in air traffic is expected this weekend due to Monday’s eclipse. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Eclipse saps car rental market

Jeff Palmer has been city manager for Hertz car rentals at the Idaho Falls Airport for 23 years, but there has never been the demand he’s seen this week. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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How the Northwest celebrated the last total eclipse

A total eclipse of the sun as seen from Helena, Mont., on Feb. 26, 1979. The sun starts to reappear with its “diamond ring effect.” Robert Bower / Post Register file SEATTLE — Druids, offering edible sacrifices, chanted incantations at clouds in a tiny farming town. Air […]

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INL, Fluor Idaho curtail operations for eclipse

Idaho National Laboratory and Fluor Idaho are curtailing operations Monday for employees to alleviate the potential for safety and transportation-related issues during the solar eclipse. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Concerts coming with eclipse

John Michael Montgomery will headline the Moonfest Music Festival, which will be held Friday though Monday at Squealers Fun Park in Rigby. submitted photo Organizers of a host of events scheduled for the weekend ahead of the Aug. 21 eclipse say ticket sales have been strong, and […]

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Ancient world regarded eclipses as omens

In this May 20, 2012, file photo, people view an annular solar eclipse as they look towards the setting sun on the horizon in Phoenix. Destinations are hosting festivals, hotels are selling out and travelers are planning trips for the total solar eclipse that will be visible […]

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Eclipse preparedness tips offered

In this June 10, 2002, file photo, Lise Richardson, left, views a partial solar eclipse with her daughters Sophia Richardson, center left, and Samantha, 6, right, at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Destinations are hosting festivals, hotels are selling out and travelers are planning trips for the […]

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Eclipse makes Idaho top Airbnb destination

In this May 20, 2012, file photo, the annular solar eclipse produces flare through a lens in Alameda, Calif. Destinations are hosting festivals, hotels are selling out and travelers are planning trips for the total solar eclipse that will be visible coast to coast on Aug. 21, […]

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Beware of fake eclipse glasses online

Cardboard frames for solar eclipse glasses are stacked in the American Paper Optics factory in Bartlett, Tenn., on June 21. Adrian Sainz / Associated Press The American Astronomical Society is warning eclipse watchers to be careful where they buy the special glasses to view the Aug. 21 […]

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Smoke unlikely to affect eclipse visibility

The National Weather Service is expecting clear weather for Aug. 21, when the total eclipse arrives. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Craters plans eclipse-related events

In this May 20, 2012, file photo, the annular solar eclipse is seen as the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains from downtown Denver. Destinations are hosting festivals, hotels are selling out and travelers are planning trips for the total solar eclipse that will be visible coast […]

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ITD asks eclipse travelers to prepare beforehand

The Idaho Transportation Department is asking travelers to plan ahead before hitting the road during the Aug. 21 eclipse. Source: Solar Eclipse 2017

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Eclipse visitors spark fire fears

By BRYAN CLARK bclark@postregister.com Local public land managers are bracing for this month’s solar eclipse, warning that it brings major risks of wildfire. The expected large crowds will present a twofold danger. On the one hand, there will be many more people present who could carelessly cause […]

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UofI physics profs explain eclipse in Q&A

On the internet Learn more about the eclipse at eieclipse.com or uidaho.edu/eclipse. The relative rarity of this summer’s total solar eclipse has sparked plenty of questions. University of Idaho College of Science Interim Dean Mark Nielsen sat down with Department of Physics professors Jason Barnes and Matt […]

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Eclipse camping spots still available

By KEVIN TREVELLYAN ktrevellyan@postregister.com It’ll be hard, if not impossible, to find a hotel room in eastern Idaho for eclipse weekend, but there’s still plenty of campsites available in Idaho Falls. The Idaho Falls Department of Parks and Recreation is accepting reservations for campsites spread across three […]

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Eclipse educational events planned in I.F.

By KEVIN TREVELLYAN ktrevellyan@postregister.com Astronomer Jeffrey Bennett has seen total solar eclipses from Australia, France, Thailand and a boat in the Mediterranean Sea, but come Aug. 21 he’ll be in Idaho Falls. During the total solar eclipse, eastern Idaho will offer lengthy totality — when the moon […]

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Idaho Falls prepares for the eclipse

By JOHNATHAN HOGAN jhogan@postregister.com Hundreds of people from across eastern Idaho crowded into the Civic Auditorium on Wednesday night to learn more about Idaho Falls’ plans for the upcoming eclipse. The presentation included details about safety, business and health concerns and a scientific explanation of the Aug. […]

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Grocers, gas stations prepare for eclipse rush

By NINA RYDALCH nrydalch@postregister.com With less than a month until hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to eastern Idaho for the Aug. 21 eclipse, local businesses are planning and stocking up for the rush. The website greatamericaneclipse.com estimates the number of visitors to the […]

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Gov’t agencies to hold eclipse planning meetings

POST REGISTER Local governments have scheduled eclipse informational meetings in advance of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to eastern Idaho. Idaho Falls and Bonneville County officials will host a meeting for residents and business owners/managers from […]

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Health recommendations for August eclipse

By JOHNATHAN HOGAN jhogan@postregister.com With as many as 500,000 visitors expected in eastern Idaho for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, Eastern Idaho Public Health has released tips and guidelines for handling food, water and waste.  Food vendors looking to do business at eclipse–related events need to contact […]

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Eclipse expected to draw big crowds to Idaho

By BETSY Z. RUSSELL The Spokesman-Review WEISER – Idaho is bracing for an influx of tourists from around the world on Aug. 21, all bent on viewing a singular event: the first coast-to-coast total eclipse of the sun in the United States since 1918. Hotels, vacation rentals […]

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Eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. […]

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Eclipse chasers blaze trail to small Oregon town

Joe Krenowicz, executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, gestures toward Mt. Jefferson as the sun rises over Madras, Oregon on June 13, 2017. The first place to experience total darkness as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth will be in Oregon […]

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Officials meet to discuss eclipse

By BRYAN CLARK bclark@postregister.com On the internet See the most complete information about the Great American Eclipse in eastern Idaho at eieclipse.com. State, regional and local officials met for a few hours Tuesday morning at Idaho Falls’ downtown fire station to discuss plans for the August eclipse, […]

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Scouts offering eclipse activities

By KEVIN TREVELLYAN ktrevellyan@postregister.com Nature-oriented eclipse chasers may want to check out several opportunities offered by the Boy Scouts of America’s Grand Teton Council come August. Three campgrounds will be available to the public during eclipse weekend, which is Aug. 18-21. Scout Hollow near Rigby, Treasure Mountain […]

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Expect traffic jams and big crowds for the eclipse

By BILL ROBERTS Idaho Statesman Eclipse madness is surging across Idaho. Businesses within the stripe of Idaho cities and towns where the moon will totally block sunlight on Aug. 21 have one eye on the sky and another on the cash register. Hotels are booked. Porta-potty rentals […]

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ITD prepares for eclipse weekend

By KEVIN TREVELLYAN ktrevellyan@postregister.com The Aug. 21 solar eclipse is expected to impact eastern Idaho’s highway system more than any event in recent history. The Idaho Transportation Department is taking steps to mitigate danger and inconvenience, spokesman Bruce King said. “The more traffic you have on the […]

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