SPOKANE, Wash. – Thousands of people gathered across the Inland Northwest to view the total solar eclipse Monday morning. Local businesses and universities held viewing parties to commemorate the cosmic event.
In downtown Spokane, the Mobius Science Center hosted a variety of sun-themed activities. Sun printing, pin hole eclipse viewers, galaxy slime, space rocks and sun necklaces were some of the available activities for all to take part in.
Over in Sandpoint, Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Resort took viewers up to the summit to view the eclipse. At 6,400 feet above sea level, eclipse watchers were sitting above wildfire smoke for a clear view of the event.
Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach in Athol, Idaho, opened its doors at 9:00 a.m. for people to watch the eclipse. The park held a viewing party on the Main Street lawn. Rides were open at 11:00 a.m. after the eclipse.
In Moscow, Idaho, there was a lot of foot traffic at the University of Idaho for the eclipse. Aside from handing out eclipse glasses, the university also had sun-themed food and drink. Moon pies, Sun Chips and orange juice were just a few snacks viewers could enjoy during the event.
The Vandals were not the only ones welcoming viewers to their campus. Over in Cheney, Wash., the Astronomy Club at Eastern Washington University held a viewing party at Roos Field. Viewers also got to watch the Eagles’ football practice as the team prepared for the upcoming season.