Every four years, we hear the term “leap year,” but not everyone comprehends its significance. Leap year refers to adding an extra day to the calendar year to maintain synchronization with the Earth’s orbit around the sun. Specifically, a leap year comprises 366 days instead of the typical 365. The month of February, which usually has 28 days, receives an additional day.
This article will dig into the history and science of leap years and the calendar and explain why February has fewer days than other months.