Fortunately for us, we get an additional 24 hours every 4 years, when leap year comes around. Want to know the science behind it?
We all know that there are 365 days in a regular year. However, it actually takes 365.2422 (6 hours more to be exact) for the Earth to complete its orbit around the sun. What’s six times four? Twenty-four. To realign us with the Earth’s movement around the sun, one day or 24 hours is built into the calendar every four years.
But hold on, that’s not the end of it. People experienced a 355-day year with an extra month called Mercedonius until Julius Caesar created his own calendar and added a new day — February 29. His math wasn’t very accurate, so Pope Gregory XIII reformed the system and gave Feb. 29 a permanent spot on the revised Gregorian calendar — once every four years.
A century year is a leap year only if it is divisible by 400. So years such as 1700, 1800 and 1900 weren’t leap years. 2000 was and obviously 2016 is.
It must stink for the people born on Feb. 29 because technically, their birthdays come around once every four years. That means this year, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. will have his 11th birthday, motivational speaker Tony Robbins will have his 14th and the “Always on Time” rapper Ja Rule will be celebrating his 10th.
What do you have to say about that? Do you know anyone whose birthday falls on February the 29th? Let me know in the comments below!