P2_9 Leap Year? Get out of Here! Part 1

Daniel Mott, Conan Murgatroyd, Charlie Kinsman, James Stinton


In this paper we investigate the feasibility of altering the Earth’s orbit, in order to remove the leap year. Since the Earth orbits the Sun with a period of 365.25 days, the orbital period must be reduced by 0.25 days. Under the assumption that the Earth’s orbit is circular at all times, we find that 1.22E30 J of energy must be removed from the orbit, and if this energy is to be removed over the course of one orbit, the acceleration of the Earth must be 2.17E−7 m/s^2 . Removing this energy will reduce the radius of the Earth’s orbit by 0.046%

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