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What is the purpose of a leap year?

Question asked by: mrquestion

Asked on: 03 Feb 2010

The purpose of the leap year is to keep our movement around the sun in line and so that there is not too much drift in our time and date system.

Although we have 365 days in a standard year as it is too confusing to start having things like half days and so on, actually it takes around 365.25 days to go around the sun.

This means that the calendar would gradually drift if we didn't correct it, and so every four years an extra day is added to February to correct this.

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Replied at: 03 Feb 2010
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