Saturday, February 23, 2008

Leap Year Has a Long and Complicated History

This year, February will again have 29 days, making 2008 a leap year. This article describes the reason and history behind the leap year.

“Everyone knows that the calendar year shows it is 365 days, but it really isn’t. Really, it is 365 and almost-one-fourth days.”

According to, the actual time for Earth to travel around the sun is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be precise, marking a full year for us.


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