How will you use your 26 seconds

think02Time management is a popular buzz term. So how did time really get started? Let’s take a look.

The entire idea of reckoning time in advance to provide an accurate, dependable, repeatable calendar year is the basis for our Gregorian Calendar. Various calendar ideas have been explored.

Accounting for time. Consider the following: Throughout history people have tied the calendar to natural phenomenon, like season changes, or in mild climate regions the lunar cycle may be used. If we base the calendar year upon the lunar cycle, we must account for the moon and sun cycles. There are 12 lunar cycles which are each 29 1/2 days long. This totals 354 days and 8 hours.

A little off… The only problem is that the solar year lasts 365 1/4 days per year. This means that after 3 years time, there would be a difference of 33 days within a strict lunar calendar! That’s more than one entire lunar cycle! How would that effect your planned vacations?

A little accuracy please! Pope Gregory XIII developed the presently used Gregorian calendar in 1582. To initially correct the calendar, he ordered the advancement of the calendar by 10 days.
The rules say, for years divisible by 4 like upcoming 2016, a day is added and the calendar year was dubbed a “Leap Year”. If the year is a century year, it must be divisible by 400. For example, 2000 was a leap year, however 2100 will not be.

Although this is not the most elegant system, the Gregorian calendar is accurate enough for most individuals. There is only a discrepancy of 26 seconds each year from the solar year, which computes to a one day difference every 3,323 years.


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