How often is it a leap year?
Learn what a leap year is, why we have leap years, and how often we have a leap year. The Earth orbits the sun every 365.2422 days (0.2422 days is equal to 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds, roughly 1/4 of a day). Every 365 1/4 days (not exactly 365 days), the Earth returns to the same exact spot in its orbit.
2016 is a leap year, which means that it has 366 days instead of the usual 365 days that an ordinary year has. An extra day is added in a leap year—February 29 —which is called an intercalary day or a leap day.
- A common year has 365 days and a leap year 366 days, with the extra--or intercalary--day designated as February 29. A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit around the sun, which is about 365Â¼ days.
- Leap Day: February 29. A Leap Day, February 29, is added to the calendar during leap years. This extra day makes the year 366 days long – not 365 days, like a common year.
- When is the Next Leap Year?
Year Leap Year Day 2016 Monday, February 29 2020 Saturday, February 29 2024 Thursday, February 29
Therefore, the year 2000 will be a leap year, but the years 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not. The complete list of leap years in the first half of the 21st century is therefore 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040, 2044, and 2048.
- February is the second and shortest month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar with 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years, with the quadrennial 29th day being called the leap day. It is the first of five months to have a length of less than 31 days.
- The year 2020 has 366 days. This is a leap year.
- 5-day Combos in the Same Month
On dates: 1 / 8 / 15 / 22 / 29 3 / 10 / 17 / 24 / 31 October 2018 5 Mondays 5 Wednesdays December 2018 5 Saturdays 5 Mondays January 2019 5 Tuesdays 5 Thursdays March 2019 5 Fridays 5 Sundays
Updated: 2nd October 2019