Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Much of Europe will be able to view the partial solar eclipse Tuesday 4 January 2011, weather permitting. The Swiss federal health office has issued warnings to wear special eye protection and not to resort to homemade ones, if you plan to view the eclipse (animated preview). The eclipse will start at 07:54 in Geneva and end at 010:32, with the maximum magnitude at 09:09 (local time), but keep in mind that sunrise in Sion, Valais is only at 08:11 and in Geneva at 08:19 that day.
The weather forecast from MeteoSwiss is for partly sunny skies Tuesday, clearer in the Alps than on the plain or in the north of the country.
Eye warnings: children in particular should be protected against looking directly at the sun, especially as the damage to vision, permanent burning of the retina, is painless when it happens. Dark glass and sunglasses as well as older eclipse-viewing glasses or damaged ones should be avoided. Pharmacies and opticians sell certified “CE” label special glasses that are safe to wear.
Eclipse details for worldwide viewing, HM Nautical Almanac Office, UK