Steve Allen scripsit: > The changes in the length of any kind of year are slight by comparison > to the changes in length of day. Neglecting "short" period variations > the length of the sidereal year has not changed much in a billion years.
That is to say, the current best approximation to the n-body problem of the Solar System says that it hasn't. Fair enough. I merely threw that in in case it was an issue. > The Gregorian calendar was designed to match the "vernal equinox year". Thanks for the correction. > The new fields being added to GPS signals make them able to count leap > seconds for 30000 years. That's quite an example of engineering margin. Indeed. But then so is IPv6 (if we ever get it adopted widely). -- John Cowan [EMAIL PROTECTED] www.ccil.org/~cowan www.reutershealth.com In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. --Gerald Holton