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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:18

Happy Birthday!

Leap Year is back - a look at why February is getting extra time

This year, we have more time on our hands. Sort of.

Leap Year is a phenomenon that happens every four years to help keep our calendar on track with certain holidays and solstices.

The solar year is approximately six hours longer than 365 days, which adds up after awhile. Well, after every four years, to be precise. But unfortunately, the math isn't that simple. According to Wikipedia, a solar year is about 365.2422 days a bit less than 365.25. This means that every 400 years, we skip three Leap Years. When do we do that? Mathematics!

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