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Year

The interval required for the earth to complete one revolution around the sun. A sidereal year, which is the time it takes for the earth to make one absolute revolution around the sun, is 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes and 9.5 seconds. The calendar year begins at 12 o'clock midnight local time on the night of December 31st-January 1st. Currently, the Gregorian calendar of 365 days is used, with 366 days every four years, a leap year. The tropical year, also called the mean solar year, is dependent on the seasons. It is the interval between two consecutive returns of the sun to the vernal equinox. In 1900, that took 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, and it is decreasing at the rate of 0.53 second per century. This decrease is due to the slow precession of the Earth's axis of rotation.

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South reeling as severe weather spreads east

10:45 EDT

Severe weather will spread over parts of eastern Australia today after a wild night in the nation's south.

Pineapple farmers apply 'sunblock' to fruit as Queensland heatwave reaches peak

09:58 EDT

Pineapple farmers on the Sunshine Coast are concerned their fruit will burn and become unsaleable as a heatwave in south east Queensland reaches its peak today.

SA weather: Thousands without power after wild storms cross state

09:45 EDT

About 33,000 properties are without power in South Australia, with Adelaide being the hardest hit, after a storm front crossed the state last night.