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5 things you did not know about Leap Year

The Leap Year day that occurred in 2016.

Savannah Moore

The Leap Year day that occurred in 2016.

Savannah Moore, Co-copy editor

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Leap year comes around once every four years in order for our calendars to be more accurate, but most people do not understand how we got to having a leap year. Here are some things you may not have known about the special occasion.

 

1 – Earth actually takes more than 365 days to complete its orbit around the sun – 365.24219 days to be exact.

 

2 – Our calendars are off by about a quarter and a day, which is why every four years we have one extra whole day.

 

3 – Julius Caesar is the one who spotted the inconsistency in 45 B.C. He then created the Julian calendar, which added one whole day to the calendar every four years to make up for the lost quarter days.

 

4 – Around 1582 A.D. those quarter days had added up to 10 days since Caesar’s time, so Pope Gregory XII made the Gregorian calendar, which is what we now use.

 

5 – The Gregorian calendar is still used today, despite the fact that it is still a minor 26 seconds longer than the solar year.

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3 Responses to “5 things you did not know about Leap Year”

  1. Dr. Rennaker on March 2nd, 2016 11:41 am

    Nice photo!

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    Wulf Reply:

    Agreed!

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  2. Wulf on May 3rd, 2016 11:54 am

    Did not know about the julian calender i do know however the 42nd number in the Fibbonaci Sequence, 264736186

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