A leap year is a year with 366 days instead of 365. Leap year occurs every fourth year.

## When is the next leap year?

**Next leap year is 2020.**

#### Why leap years?

We need an extra day because the earth orbits around the sun. The problem is that it takes the earth about **365 days and 6 hours** to circle all the way around the sun so every fourth year we need to add an extra day to compensate for this. The **extra day** in a leap years is always **February 29**. This is called a leap day.

### List of upcoming leap years

- 2020
- 2024
- 2028
- 2032
- 2036
- 2040
- 2044
- 2048
- 2052
- 2056
- 2060
- 2064
- 2068
- 2072
- 2076
- 2080
- 2084
- 2088
- 2092
- 2096

##### Last leap year?

The last leap year we had was **2016**.