Leap day 2016… why is it on our calendar?

Once every 4 years... February 29th appears on the calendar.

2016 is a leap year… it comes once every four years… when you see the 29th of February on your calendar.

You might wonder why the calendar includes this? Because for Earth… one trip around the sun doesn’t take exactly 365 days.

One year is defined by the length of time it takes Earth to orbit the sun… about 365.242 days.

So essentially… once every 4 years an extra day has to be accounted for.

And this is done by a leap day!

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