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    Unlocking Mystery of Leap Years: Earth’s Dance with the Sun | ActionPunjab


    PTC Web Desk: Leap years, those elusive 366-day wonders, grace our calendars every four years, adding an extra day, February 29, to the mix. But why the calendar twist? It’s all about synchronising Earth’s clock with the sun. Earth takes a bit more than 365 days to complete its celestial dance, so the leap day ensures our calendars align with the sky.

    The rarity of February 29 adds a touch of mystique to this peculiar day. Beyond its infrequency, there are unusual traditions and a unique circumstance for those born on leap day—they miss out on birthdays three out of four years.

    For those born on a leap year, colloquially known as “leapers,” there’s a curious dynamic at play. While they choose another date to celebrate annually, their age is technically younger than most. Logistical challenges arise, particularly in places like the United Kingdom, where the law dictates that individuals born on February 29 must officially list their birthday as either February 28 or March 1 in non-leap years. The estimated 5 million leap day-born individuals worldwide, known as “leaplings,” navigate this quirk in the calendar.

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    Famous and notorious figures among leaplings include Spanish premier Pedro Sanchez, US rap star Ja Rule, and serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Their birthdays officially roll around every four years, making the celebration a unique event.

    But leap years aren’t an exclusive Earthly affair—other planets in our solar system also experience these celestial adjustments. Mars, for example, boasts more leap years than regular ones. A Martian year comprises 668 sols (Martian days), yet it takes 668.6 sols for Mars to complete an orbit around the Sun. To stay in sync, an occasional addition of a sol becomes necessary, mirroring Earth’s leap year principle.

    So, as we revel in the peculiarity of February 29 and the quirkiness of leap years, we find ourselves not alone in this cosmic dance. Across the solar system, planets engage in their own version of leap years, reminding us that the celestial waltz is a universal phenomenon.

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