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sidereal year

sidereal year, time required for the earth to complete an orbit of the sun relative to the stars. The sidereal year is 365 days, 6 hr, 9 min, 9.5 sec of mean solar time (see solar time ). It is 20 min longer than the tropical year because of the precession of the equinoxes for this reason, the sidereal year does not stay in step with the seasons.

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