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What Would Happen Without a Leap Year?

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Most of us grumble about daylight savings time. But, have you ever wondered what would happen without a Leap Year? They’re a bit of an oddity, aren’t they? And, like daylight savings time, they beg the question, “Do we even need them anymore?”

The short answer is yes. Without Leap Years, over time, those who are accustomed to white Christmasses would be having them in the heat of the summer. In short, the whole earth would be turned upside down. Let’s explore this a little further since 2024 is a Leap Year.

Why Do We Need Leap Years?

We all know there are 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. Or are there? Get ready to question everything you thought you knew about life.

Leap Year 2024 reminds us of something very important: there are 365.25 days in a year. That’s how much time it takes the earth to orbit the sun.

Somehow, the geniuses of our past knew this and devised a plan to counteract that small oddity and keep their calendars (mostly) on track. That extra day, once every four years, took care of that pesky little .25 and kept the world going ‘round.

And the earth is not alone in this. Did you know other planets in the solar system also have Leap Years? In fact, Mars has more Leap Years than regular years. A year on Mars is 668 sols, or days, in Martian time.


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