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Why we need leap years

Source: CNN Staff, cnn.com, February 29, 2020

If there were no leap years, eventually February would be a summer month for the Northern Hemisphere.

(CNN) — 2020 is a leap year, which means we get to enjoy a whole extra day of February, and people born on February 29 finally get some presents.

But why do we even have leap years?

Our calendar has 365 days in a year, because that’s pretty much how long it takes the Earth to orbit the Sun. The problem is that in reality it takes the Earth around 365 ¼ days (actually 365.24219 days) to circle the Sun (that’s a solar year), which means our calendar is out by around a quarter of a day a year.

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