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Leap Day 2024: Memes Flood the Extra February Day

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Leap Day memes have taken over X as users share their humorous observations of this unique occasion. People are celebrating the extra day of leap day with a variety of posts, ranging from humorous tweets to expressing their displeasure at it being a weekday.

A leap year is one in which there is an extra day in the year. This indicates that the year in question has 366 days rather than 365. February, the month with the fewest number of days in the calendar, gains this extra day, known as Leap Day. Consequently, February has 29 days during each Leap Year rather than the customary 28.

NASA estimates that it takes Earth 365.25 days, or a solar year, to orbit the Sun. A calendar year’s days are typically rounded to 365. We add one day to our calendar roughly every four years to make up for the partial day that was lost. Yes, it is a leap year.

According to a NASA blog, leap years are crucial because they ensure that our calendar year corresponds with the solar year, which is the amount of time it takes for Earth to complete a revolution around the Sun.

Perhaps it doesn’t seem like a big deal to take away 5 hours, 46 minutes, and 48 seconds from a year. But, the space agency noted, “things can really get messed up if you keep subtracting almost 6 hours every year for many years.”

2020 was the last leap year before 2024. 2028 will see the next one.

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