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 controllers scrambled to direct swarms of planes filling the skies. On a chartered Boeing 727, people swapped seats, for the briefest of views.

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 many say they could sell out.

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 coast to coast on Aug. 21, 2017. A narrow path of the United States 60 to 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina will experience total darkness, also known as totality. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

On Monday, people living in the continental United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse.

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 total solar eclipse that will be visible coast to coast on Aug. 21, 2017. A narrow path of the United States 60 to 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina will experience total darkness, also known as totality. (AP Photo/Krista Niles, File)

Idaho will experience its first total solar eclipse in 38 years on Aug. 21.

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, 2017. A narrow path of the United States 60 to 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina will experience total darkness, also known as totality. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Online short-term rental marketplace Airbnb says the Aug. 21 eclipse has caused a record-breaking number of sales throughout the path of the eclipse, and Idaho is no exception.

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 to coast on Aug. 21, 2017. A narrow path of the United States 60 to 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina will experience total darkness, also known as totality. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve will host a variety of events in conjunction with the Aug. 21 eclipse.

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