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What’s a Leap Year? Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson explain it

by Brandon Russell | February 29, 2016February 29, 2016 11:00 am PST

Just what the heck is a Leap Year? Is it like when Bill Murray keeps living the same day over and over?

In order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year, an additional day is added to February every four years; this year February has 29 days instead of 28.

Still confused? Let astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explain it to you.

If you want to get really technical, Tyson’s explanation provides plenty of history about why the Gregorian calendar, which is the current standard calendar in most of the world, is adjusted every four years.

Check out the video if you want a more thorough and entertaining explanation. I’m pretty sure Tyson could make anything, even Leap Year, sound interesting.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...