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Eclipse in Dubuque, 'better views in eastern Iowa'

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

There was lots of excitement in Dubuque over the solar eclipse.

"It kind of looks like a pac-man a little bit," said one kid.

About 1,500 people came out to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium to get a good view of the celestial event.

Some got their hands on a limited number of safety glasses. "We were here by 10 after 8, and then the line started going and we finally got in line, we were probably number 9," said Evelyn Fleege of Dubuque who brought her grandchildren to view the eclipse.

Although not a total solar eclipse in eastern Iowa, many were still impressed, some experiencing this more than once. "This is truly special to me because some people don't see this once in their lifetime -- I'm 47, and not only do I get to see it twice, but I get to see it, you know, with her, at the same age, and this is really, really cool. So there was no way  we were gonna miss it," said Melody Pressman.

The partial eclipse lasted less than three hours. "It's a little sliver, it's almost gone,"  a young girl said.

Experts say the next total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. will be in the year 2024.

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