# How Many Seconds Are in a Year?

January 27, 2024
David Sunnyside

If you are wondering about how much seconds are in a year, then you have come to the right place. The answer to this question is actually quite simple. A year is equal to the amount of time it takes for Earth to complete one orbit around our star. However, the number of seconds in a year is different depending on whether or not it’s a leap year. In the case of leap years, which happen every four years, there are an additional 24 hours added to the year, which equates to 525,600 minutes in a year (365 days * 1440 minutes per day).

If it’s not a leap year, then a year is equal to 365 days * 1440 minutes per day, which is equal to 525,600 minutes in a normal year. If you subtract the difference between a regular year and a leap year, there are an extra 1,440 minutes in a leap year compared to a non-leap year.

The unit of measurement used to describe the passing of time is called a second, which was invented in 1682 by Galileo Galilei—the same guy who invented pendulum clocks. The second has become pretty standardized in the way that it is used today, but there have been some arguments over its name, as well as debates over whether it should be measured using imperial measurements like inches or metric units, such as centimeters.

David Sunnyside
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