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Did you know that there is going to be a total solar eclipse in New York on April 8th, 2024? By now, most people know, but we want to create this page especially for you! We have a special going on right now. But first, let's do some trivia from tutors who are participating in our special promotion. These trivia questions are fun for the whole family! How many do those around you get right? How many did you get right? Let us know!

After these questions, read on for the highly discounted eclipse special promotion, and check out our tutors' pages to learn more about our individual tutors. When you are ready to sign up, just get in contact with us as soon as possible. This special is only here for a few more weeks!

Andy L, Andy L, Math Tutor

Andy L
$130/hour In Person 
$120/hour Remote
Hi! I'm Andy! I've been tutoring and teaching for over 13 years! I have taught and tutored Algebra I and I have experience with students who have been diagnosed with ADHD or are on the spectrum. These are some of the trivia questions I thought up for you. Enjoy!

Question 1:True or false! Total solar eclipses can occur because the sun and the moon are the same size!
Answer: False! The sun is approximately 400 times wider than the moon. It just happens to be that the sun is also approximately 400 times farther from the Earth than the moon. Because of this, the sun and the moon take up about the same amount of space in the sky. When the moon is closer to the Earth, we can get a total solar eclipse. When the moon is farther from the Earth, we can get an annular (ring of fire) solar eclipse. One day, about 500 million years from now as the moon recedes from the Earth at about 1cm/year, the moon will become too far away to cover the sun completely, and the Earth will experience its last total solar eclipse.

Question 2: Approximately How long does the eclipse last from start to end?

  1. 2 minutes
  2. 20 minutes
  3. 2 hours
  4. 20 hours
Answer: c. Approximately 2 hours! It really depends exactly where you are, but if you are in the path of totality, from start to end, the eclipse can last close to 2 hours. It can be less than that if you are very far from the path of totality.

Question 3: Approximately how long will the total solar eclipse last if you are in the path of totality?
  1. 5 minutes
  2. 50 minutes
  3. 1.5 hours
  4. 2 hours
Answer: Approximately 5 minutes! Again, it can vary a lot based on where you are. But if you are in the exact middle of the path of totality, the total solar eclipse can last between 0 minutes and 7.5 minutes. In upstate New York, the total solar eclipse will last about 3.5 minutes.
Juan Rodriguez, Founder and President of

Juan R
$225/hour In Person 
$200/hour Remote
Andy is Great!
Hi! I'm Juan Rodriguez! I am the founder and President of I have been tutoring for over 25 years in both math and physics. I can cover classes from Algebra I through Calculus, as well as the math portions of all standardized tests including the SAT and ACT. These are some of the trivia questions I thought up. How many stumped you?!
Question 4: As a percent or a fraction, how much of the sun will be blocked in New York?

Answer: Between 90.02% (nine tenths) and 100% of the sun! A large chunk of upstate New York will experience a total solar eclipse, including Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Oswego, Rochester, and Syracuse. The south eastern tip of Long Island will experience the least amount with 90.02% of the sun blocked, but that is still tremendous! The farther north you go, the greater amount that the sun gets blocked. New York's capital, Albany, will experience a 96% eclipse. Will you be travelling to see the total solar eclipse?  


Question 5: Do I have to wear protective eyewear during the solar eclipse?
Answer: YES, for the most part, YES. It’s important that we all understand this part. If you are not in the path of totality, you have to wear eclipse glasses or other protective eyewear the whole time, including those times when the sun isn't bright enough to trigger your squint reflex. When the sun is barely covered, AND when the sun is mostly covered, the sun is very dangerous to look at. If the sun is 99% covered, but not 100% covered, the sun is still dangerous to look at directly without eye protection. A common eye injury after eclipses are a crescent-shaped burn in the retina in the exact shape of the sun. The only part of the eclipse that is safe to look at without protective eyewear is the total solar eclipse, when the sun is completely covered by the moon. If you are not in the path of totality, you have to keep your eyewear on the whole time.

Don't take your chances! Get protective eyewear if you still can!

Question 6: Take a guess: In miles per hour, how fast does the moon’s shadow move across the earth during a total solar eclipse?

Answer: About 1,000 miles per hour! That’s faster than an airplane, and faster than the speed of sound! The speed of sound, or "Mach 1", is 343 meters per second, or 767 miles per hour. That means that the shadow of the moon is travelling at Mach 1.3! You won't hear a sonic boom, however, since the moon's shadow is not made of matter travelling through the air.  

MJ Santos, Math Tutor with

MJ Santos
$120/hour Remote
Hi! I'm MJ! I've been tutoring for over a decade, and I've been working with Juan for over 6 years. I live in Oregon, so unless you live near me, we're doing remote tutoring :-) My students do well, and I love seeing that.
Here are my trivia questions! Enjoy!
Question 7: How many solar eclipses occur on earth each year?

Answer: Believe it or not, between 2 and 5 solar eclipses occur each year! But not all of them are total solar eclipses. A maximum of 2 total solar eclipses can occur on earth each year. Most solar eclipses are partial solar eclipses and occur closer to the north and south poles. That's what makes the April 8th solar eclipse so special!


Question 8: If eclipses happen to occur between 2 and 5 times per year, why haven’t we seen so many in New York over so many years? What are your thoughts?
Answer: A total solar eclipse makes a very narrow path of totality through the earth. The path of the eclipse that covers a large chunk of the sun is also pretty narrow. In most cases, people don't bother going outside to see the solar eclipse just because it isn't too much of the sun that gets covered. Also, we just happen to be living in a time when solar eclipses in the New York area have been rare. Partial solar eclipses will be more common throughout the next few decades. Did you know that there was a solar eclipse back in October 2023 that covered about 25% of the sun? Most people don't because it was so rainy in New York that the eclipse came and went without anyone noticing.

Question 9: We sure have been having a lot of solar eclipses in the Fall and Spring world wide! During what months can eclipses occur? 
  1. The Fall and Spring months only
  2. October and April only
  3. September through November, and March through May
  4. All 12 months
Answer: d. All 12 months. The moon's orbit is tilted approximately 5 degrees from the ecliptic. Because the sun takes up approximately 0.5 degrees in the sky, a solar eclipse can only occur about once every 6 months. Solar Eclipses do occur about once every 6 months. But wait, you might say! If the moon's orbit around the Earth is tilted relative to the Earth's orbit around the sun, shouldn't the eclipses happen on the same month and day every year?! You are an astute observer! What happens is, the moon's orbit around the Earth ... also orbits around the Earth! This is pretty advanced orbital mechanics, but because the orbit itself changes by about 1 week every year, eclipses happen earlier every year, usually about 1 week earlier unless the moon just barely misses the sun in the sky.  
Stacey J, 20 Year Veteran High School Mathematics Teacher

Stacey J
$130/hour In Person 
$120/hour Remote
Hi all! I'm Stacey! I have been teaching and tutoring for over 20 year! I live and work in Staten Island, where I do most of my tutoring. I also tutor remotely and enjoy that very much!
Here are some eclipse trivia questions. Let's learn some interesting things about eclipses!

Question 10: When the __________________ passes through Earth, a solar eclipse occurs.

  1. Earth’s shadow
  2. Moon's shadow
  3. Sun's shadow
  4. Mars's shadow
Answer: b. Moon’s shadow. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is directly between the earth and the sun, so the moon casts a shadow on the Earth, blocking the sun’s rays. This happens up to 5 times per year, but always happens at least twice per year. Fun fact: If you said choice d, in fact, Mars can never eclipse the sun relative to us because the orbit of Mars is farther from the Sun than the Earth's orbit. However, the Earth can eclipse the sun relative to Mars! If you were on Mars, you likely wouldn't notice the eclipse. You could see it if you were standing on Mars with specialty equipment. The Earth eclipsing Mars would look like a tiny dot crossing quickly across the sun and would only last a few minutes.

Question 11: During a solar eclipse, people in the penumbra see a __________________.
  1. Total solar eclipse
  2. Total lunar eclipse
  3. Partial solar eclipse
  4. Partial lunar eclipse
Answer: c. Partial solar eclipse. The umbra is the location of a total solar eclipse. Around the umbra is the penumbra, where only some of the sun’s rays are blocked. People who are in the penumbra will see what looks like a perfectly circular bite of the sun taken out. I love science vocabulary! It makes science conversations so much more efficient!

Question 12: Which two planets never experience a solar eclipse, when the planet's moon casts a shadow on the planet? Remember, there are two answers!
  1. Mercury
  2. Venus
  3. Earth
  4. Mars
  5. Jupiter
  6. Saturn
  7. Uranus
  8. Neptune
  9. Pluto*
Answer: a and b. Mercury and Venus never experience a solar eclipse because ... they don't have any moons! We don't know why they don't have any moons, but there are a lot of theories! Why do you think they don't have any moons? Either way, all the other planets have moons, so they all experience solar eclipses. We included Pluto as one of the choices with an asterisk because Pluto is no longer considered a planet. Why? Pluto is very small, and in fact it is so small that it cannot clear its neighborhood of asteroids and larger objects. Pluto is now considered to be the largest known dwarf planet by size and the second largest by mass. The known and agreed upon dwarf planets include Ceres, Eris, Gonggong, Haumea, Makemake, Pluto, Quaoar, and Sedna. Most of these have moons, so they experience solar eclipses as well!

We hope you had fun going through these trivia questions! 

In case you weren't aware before our trivia questions astounded you, now you know that there is a total solar eclipse set to grace our skies on April 8th, 2024! To commemorate the date this significant event solar event, 04/08, we are extending a special one-time offer: A one hour tutoring session for a mere $4.08! This is all subject to availability and demand, and will end on April 15th, 2024 or when our tutors are fully booked. But wait, there's more! If after that generously discounted first session, you decide to continue your educational journey with your tutor, we are delighted to extend you a 10% discount for the subsequent 4 months. That is an amazing deal!

Please act promptly, as this amazing offer is subject to availability and time constraints, and we reserve the right to end it before April 15th if our tutors are completely booked. To secure your spot for just $4.08, please contact us now! You can call or text Juan at 646‑820‑3524, or simply drop him an email through our form.