The Personal Blog of Stephen Sekula

It is (almost) the year 2023

Happy new year, everyone. The calendar says it is 2023. From the perspective of our orbit about the Sun – the solar year – we are still several hours from that mark.

Earth takes 365.25 Gregorian calendar days to make one orbit about the Sun. As a result, every fourth year we have quietly added one solar day too many to our year, but not our calendar. Thus we must leap (add) a day at the end of February to get back on track. (2024 is the next “leap year” as a result) If we did not, the seasons would slowly drift around the calendar.

The new solar year does not begin until something like 4pm Eastern Standard Time today.

I feel like this buys me just a little extra time to reflect on the year that was: a year of change, a year of joy, a year of movement. No year is perfect. 2022 was pretty darn good.