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Hey there!

So last night I was thinking some stuff through, and then a really intriguing question hit me. Note, this might sound really stupid.

Wikipedia:

"In the Julian calendar, the average length of a year was 365.25 days. (This is still used as a convenient time unit in astronomy as shown below.)"


How come the .25??? I mean I know a year lasts a day longer every four years, but still shouldn't that mean that 15:36 (which it is right now here in The Netherlands) was... 21:36 last year? Then how come the sundawns etc. seem to come rather regular throughout the years. I know this can't be right but still I can't figure it out.
Anyone care to help out?
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it takes 365.25 days for the earth to do a complete orbit round the sun. Which is why every four years there's a leap year.

The orbit hasn't got anything to do with time. Time is personal as Einstein discovered.
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because we celebrate new year when the earth has'nt completely finished it's orbit around the sun and we place the extra day once every four to compensate
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it takes 365.25 days for the earth to do a complete orbit round the sun. Which is why every four years there's a leap year.

The orbit hasn't got anything to do with time. Time is personal as Einstein discovered.


It's actually slightly longer than 365.25, which is why we now use Univeral Time, which has not just leap years with extra days, but it also allows the the calender to be fine tuned by adding leap seconds (which are inserted on average every 18 months) to prevent the calender drifting about one day every 300 years.
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because we celebrate new year when the earth has'nt completely finished it's orbit around the sun and we place the extra day once every four to compensate


Ooh yeah I just didn't figure the agreements about "time" would be that stupid

But still thanks for giving me some enlightment on this lovely day
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It's actually slightly longer than 365.25, which is why we now use Univeral Time, which has not just leap years with extra days, but it also allows the the calender to be fine tuned by adding leap seconds (which are inserted on average every 18 months) to prevent the calender drifting about one day every 300 years.



yeah I know that. I was just summing it up in a nutshell

but the point that I'm trying to make is that Time is personal.
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#13
Every year has 365 days. These extra .25 of every year are counted every four years in order to give that whole extra day.
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You're probably inside the Hyperbolic time chamber and don't even know it.




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#16
thats why we have leap years, to get rid of the extra time
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by now, we would have winter in the summer etc. if it weren't so.



we already do
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yeah I know that. I was just summing it up in a nutshell

but the point that I'm trying to make is that Time is personal.

do you mean time is relative? ive never heard time is personal before
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do you mean time is relative? ive never heard time is personal before


that as well... Ive read it in a quantum physics book somewhere. It was Einstein that discovered it. By personal it doesn't actually mean personal.

Think of it this way..

If we could see a black hole from here, and we sent a ship with say a man in it. The ship would get absorbed in the hole, but because no light can get through, We would just see the spaceship stop. As in 'time has stopped' for them. But the man in the spaceship would still experience time.
That's what's meant by it being personal.
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^i think 'subjective' is the word you're looking for (-:


XD ok. You probably know better than me. I've just read this in a book.
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