Google Doodles February 29 Leap Day of Leap Year 2016

Today, Google Doodles February 29 Leap Day of Leap Year 2016. You can actually view their animated doodle in their homepage.

 

Google Doodles February 29 Leap Day of Leap Year 2016Google Doodles February 29 Leap Day of Leap Year 2016

Excerpted from Wikipedia.com

A leap year (also known as an intercalary year or a bissextile year) is a year containing one additional day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, a month) added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, calendars that have the same number of days in each year drift over time with respect to the event that the year is supposed to track. By inserting (also called intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.

February 29 is a date that usually occurs every four years, and is called leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the Earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days.

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