It’s A Leap Year!
What’s A Leap Year?
A leap year has one identifying factor: the month of February ends on February 29th instead of February 28th. This extra day is known as the “Leap Day”. And this year, 2020, is a leap year.
Because the Earth doesn’t orbit the sun precisely in 365 days, this day is added to the calendar in leap years to sync with the Earth’s rotation around the sun. February 29 is a date that occurs every four years.
Did You Know:
- These extra Leap years occur in each year which is an integer multiple of 4
- The solar year is 365.2422 earth days long; however, days here on Earth are not counted in fractions. The extra .2422 days are counted as additional days to lessen confusion.
- To reconcile the differences in days and revolutions, we have adopted the Gregorian calendar with its leap year system, helping to align the days and months with the seasons.
- 4.1 million people around the globe born on the extra day of a leap year: A person born on February 29 may be called a “leapling”, a “leaper”, or a “leap-year baby”. In non-leap years, some leaplings celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1.
- In the US, leap year coincides with presidential election years.
- The odds of being born on a leap day are 1 in 1500