Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day

Hey everyone! I just wanted to say Happy Leap Day on this very special day!
For those of you who were never told about leap day, never knew about leap day, or forgot why leap day happens, this will hopefully help. For those of you who never cared about why leap day, too bad, you are about to find out anyway, unless of course you stop reading. Anyway, the reason that we have a leap day every four years is because It takes Earth 365 and 1/4 days to revolve. People won’t want to stay up an extra 6 hours past midnight to wait for the new year, so we wait until the quarter days add up to one whole day, and they add it to the end of February. It is most likely February because it is the shortest month, but don’t hold me to that. You may wonder why we even care about those 6 hours extra every year, and the answer is simple; after years and years, those 6 hours add up to months and we would be celebrating the 4th of July in the snow, christmas in our swimsuits, and it would be impossible to find the easter eggs because they would be under a pile of leaves. Yes, this means that the seasons would totally mess up. This is almost solved today. Almost. Because the earth doesn’t revolve over the time of EXACTLY 365 1/4 days, just under, our calendar skips leap year every hundred years with some exceptions. If you would like a more in-depth and less confusing, the Tim and Moby movie from Brain Pop does an excellent job explaining it (I watched it in 5th hour today, so that is how I know about half of what I just said). Well, I hope this helps you!
Now remember, this is an EXTRA day that only happens once every FOUR years! Use this extra time to read some new books, finish some, and comment!


Shadow_Wolf said...

Wow i didnt care but i do now

Laura Jean said...

Well I have learned something today thanks to you. You keep up the good work Kiddo