Leap Year


Ryder Wells

Telluride: a beautiful place to explore on with an extra day in February.

Ryder Wells, Staff Writer

TELLURIDE- We all know there are 365 days in a calendar year. Most people also know there are actually 365 days and roughly six hours in a solar year.

A solar year is the time it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. The calendar year is shorter than this. That’s why we have Leap Year. Since the solar year is roughly six hours longer we add an extra day every four years, because six times four is twenty-four. 

This year marks a leap year and instead of having 28 days in February, we have 29.  February always has the extra day because it’s the shortest month of the year.   

Ryder Wells
A calendar showing off February with 29 days

Another fun fact I noticed is that Leap Year, the presidential election, and the Summer Olympics all fall on the same years. These are all events that happen every four years and on the same year. 

People make use of this extra day in many ways.

Soren Hughes, a THS sophomore, went skiing on leap day

THS Senior Gary Bush said he went to a “small gathering of true intellectuals, or as some people call it, a party.”

THS Junior Sean Homan went to Grand Junction with his friend Pablo.

Leap Year gives people an extra day to do whatever they want.  And let’s face it, it’s nice to have an extra day. In the modern hustle of things, everyone’s busy and having an extra day can surely help.