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# how many seconds in a year?

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**The Mix Honorary Guru**
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questions in the title. its the question on the radio this morning. but aparently its not the answer you think,

im just about to try and work it out but i just thought i'd ask you lot if you knew!

im just about to try and work it out but i just thought i'd ask you lot if you knew!

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The Mix Honorary GuruThe Mix Honorary GuruHmm, no, can't work that one out, I'm not into cryptic questions.

The Mix Honorary Guru60 x 60 x 24 = 86400 so thats one day.

then 86400 x 365 = 3153000

or

60 x 60 x 24 = 86400

86400 x 7 = 604800 so thats a week

then 604800 x 52 = 31449600

see, 2 differnt answers

The Mix Honorary GuruThe Mix Honorary Gurubut the other one makes sense as well!

The Mix Honorary GuruI don't know.

The Mix Honorary GuruAlthough, perhaps not... because the first one is taking into account the .142857, so we don't strictly have years of that length... Argh, confusing myself!

The Mix Honorary GuruDefinition of a year:

vernal equinox to vernal equinox (apparent)

also astronomical year

natural year

equinoctial year

solar year

tropical year

365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 46 seconds

fixed star to same position (apparent)

also sidereal year

365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes, 9 seconds

Hewlett-Packard 28S calculator: 31556925.9747 seconds/year

Google calculator: 31556926 seconds/year

Because of the difference in time between a sidereal and a solar year, nobody that is alive today was really born under the zodiac sign that they are given. For example, Aries isn’t behind the Sun between March 21st and April 21st.

The Mix Honorary GuruThe Mix Honorary GuruThe Mix Honorary GuruThe Mix Honorary GuruWell that's how long it takes the earth to do a full circuit of the sun.

So I guess there are 365.25 x 24 x 60 x 60 = 31, 557, 600 seconds in a year.

'Tis also the reason we have a leap year every four years.

The Mix Honorary GuruAnd even out orbits of the sun are not exactly the same year on year.

The only relatively accurate way of telling the time is with radioactive sources, the release atoms at a very set rate and therefore you can tell the time.

However, there are some small drawbacks with carrying radioactive sources around and counting the atoms as they come off.

So, we come back to the question of what is time? It is purely a human concept that has no real world meaning at all.

Like numbers really, they are meaningless as a concept of themselves, they only mean something when they are used.

For example.

I have three.

I have three apples.

The first sentance is meaningless, three what?

Its only when numbers and time are actualy used that they have meaning.

So, we come to the conclusion that unless you are using all those seconds that they are meaningless and should not be counted.

The Mix Honorary Gurubest day of the year :thumb:

The Mix Honorary GuruI concur

The Mix Honorary GuruDitto

The Mix Honorary GuruThe Mix Honorary Guruthey are 22nds not 2nds

and alix, the answer was 12