Leap year 2020: Why do we need leap years?

Leap year 2020: Why do we need leap years?
February 29th. Date which repeats on leap year. Calendar (rare days) concept. (Matjaz Boncina/Getty Images)

Leap Day is on February 29, 2020 and you may be wondering why.

Leap Day is observed to keep our modern-day Gregorian calendar in line with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun.

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It takes Earth 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds to circle once around the Sun.

It is a date that is added to most years that are divisible by four such as 2016 and 2020.

The next leap year will be 2024.