A Leap Year: Things to Know About February 29.


A Leap Year: Things to Know About February 29.

February 29 is a leap day or an extra day added to a year; this phenomenon occurs every four years, making the year in which it happened to be called a leap year.

A leap year only occurs once in four years and occurs due to the extra 5.81256 hours, which makes a day when it is multiplied by 4, thereby approximating 24 hours, which makes a day.

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365 days + 0.242190 days is what it takes for the Earth to complete one revolution around the sun, which makes a year. Normally, 365 days make a year is a popular saying, but an increase in the days for a leap year is due to the sum of the extra 0.242190 days, which adds one day to the 365 days, making it a leap year.

There are many other things to know about February 29; that extra day added to make it a leap.

  1. A leap day is added to a year every four years. It affects the month of February, which is the month that has the shortest number of days in it.
  2. The total number of days it takes the Earth to revolve around the sun is 365.242190, but it is plainly stated as 365 days, and the remaining 0.242190 days or 5.81256 hours, is what makes a leap day when multiplied by 4.
  3. Leap years only occur every four years or on years which are divisible by 4
  4. Sometimes, it is skipped, but it is rare. It happens on years divisible by 100 but not by 400, which means 1700, 1800 and 1900 were skipped, but 2000 was not, and next year it will be skipped will be 2100
  5. This is not a new fact or term to be used in calendars; it has been used for many millennia. It was seen in ancient calendars like the Hebrew, Chinese and Buddhist calendars.
  6. The Roman Emperor Julius Ceaser is often credited as the originator of the leap day; he got the idea from the Egyptians (in the third century BCE), who followed the solar calendar that lasted 365 days with a leap year occurring every four years.
  7. Those born on February 29 are called leaplings, and they usually celebrate their birthdays every four years, except for those who wish to celebrate it every year and have to choose either February 28 or March 1 to celebrate it.
  8.  Morarji Desai (ex-prime minister of India), Dinah Shore (an American Singer and Actress), Michèle Morgan (a French Actress), and Tony Robbins (American Author and Coach) are notable international personalities who were born on February 29.


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