|Divisors||1, 2, 4, 7, 14, 28|
Twenty-eight is the sum of the totient function for the first nine integers.
It appears in the Padovan sequence, preceded by the terms 12, 16, 21 (it is the sum of the first two of these).
Twenty-eight is the third positive integer with a prime factorization of the form where q is an odd prime.
There are twenty-eight convex uniform honeycombs.
Twenty-eight is the only known number which can be expressed as a sum of the first non negative integers (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7), a sum of the first primes (2 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 11) and a sum of the first non primes (1 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 9) and there is probably no other number with this property.
- The atomic mass of silicon.
- The atomic number of nickel.
- The fourth magic number in physics.
- The curing time of concrete is classically considered 28 days.
- The average human menstrual cycle is 28 days although no link has been established with the nightlighting and the Moon.
- The apparent rotation time of the surface of the Sun at its equator as viewed from Earth is about 28 days while its core revolves in 33 days.
- The Saros number of the solar eclipse series which began on -1910 March 22 and ended on -630 April 28. The duration of Saros series 28 was 1280.1 years, and it contained 72 solar eclipses.
- The Saros number of the lunar eclipse series which began on -1915 June 27 and ended on -581 September 6. The duration of Saros series 28 was 1334.2 years, and it contained 75 lunar eclipses.
- The jersey number 28 has been retired by several North American sports teams in honor of past playing greats or other key figures:
- The NBA and NHL both operate four best-of-seven rounds during the playoffs; thus, 28 is the maximum number of games that a team could possibly play in the playoff series (neither league has ever had a team play that many games, though).
- The number worn by the Clemson Tigers' record breaking running back C.J. Spiller, former Colts and Rams running back Marshall Faulk, former Bucs and Falcons running back Warrick Dunn, former Kansas City Chiefs running back Abner Haynes, current Titans running back Chris Johnson.
- The number of a car formerly run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by Yates Racing. The most notable driver of the #28 was Davey Allison, who had the ride for his entire Cup Series career.
In other fields
- An abbreviation for such years as 1928 and 2028.
- There are 28 countries in the European Union (June 2015). This number was reached in July 2013 when Croatia joined.
- In Hebrew Gematria, koakh meaning "power", "energy" is a word that corresponds to the number 28.
- In English Gematria, Eden=E5+D4+E5+N14, man=M13+A1+N14.
- The number of Hebrew letters in Genesis 1:1, the first verse of the Bible.
- The number of wheels on a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy.
- In the code for international direct dial phone calls, +28 is unassigned.
- 028 is the ISO 3166-1 numeric 3 digit country code for Antigua and Barbuda.
- The number of days in the shortest month of the Gregorian calendar, February (except in leap years, when there are twenty-nine). All twelve months of the Gregorian calendar have at least 28 days, regardless of the year.
- The Gregorian calendar follows a 28-year cycle for the most part, since there are seven days in a week and leap year generally occurs every four years; usually, a calendar from any year is the same as that from 28 years earlier (e.g., 2008 and 1980 or 2009 and 2037). However, that rule holds only when there have been exactly seven leap days in a 28-year interval; years divisible by 100 but not by 400 are not leap years. Indeed, 1900 (as well as 2100, 2200, etc.) does not use the same calendar as 1872 (2072, 2172, etc., respectively) for the simple reason that 1900 is not a leap year. In 28 years, any day-of-the-week and date combination occurs exactly four times. February 29 will fall on each day of the week once.
- In Jewish tradition there is a 28-year solar cycle in which the sun returns to its place in Creation every 28 solar years. This is commemorated in April every 28 years with the recitation of Birkat Hachama, the blessing of the sun.
- The common name for the parrot 'Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus', widely distributed in Western Australia and South Australia. Its call sounds like "wenniate".
- The number of letters in the Danish and Swedish alphabets (not counting W), and also in the Arabic and Esperanto alphabets.
- In neo-Nazi circles, twenty-eight indicates Blood and Honour (28 = BH - B - second letter of the alphabet and H - the eight letter).
- The number of Chinese constellations, "Xiu" or "mansions" (a literal translation), equivalent to the 12 western zodiac constellations.
- The number of dominoes in standard domino sets.
- Deriving from the 29.46 year period of Saturn's revolution around the Sun, the 28-year cycle as well as its subdivisions by 14 and 7 are supposed in Astrology to mark significant turning points or sections in the course of a persons development in life. Thus, the number 28 has special significance in the culture of religious sects such as the Kadiri and the Mevlevi dervishes. The 28-beat metric pattern often used in the music compositions accompanying the main part of the Mevlevi sema ritual is called the "Devri kebir", meaning the "Big Circle" and is a reference to above astronomical facts about the year and the Saturn year.
- In Quebec, François Pérusse, in one of his best-selling Album du peuple made a parody of Wheel of Fortune in which all of the letters picked by the contestant were present 28 times. As a result, 28 became an almost Mythical number used by many Quebec youths, the phrase "Y'en a 28" (There are 28 [Letters]) became a running gag still used and recognized more than 15 years later.
- The Preludes, Opus 28 consists of Frédéric Chopin's 24 preludes for piano, ordinarily but not necessarily played together in concert.
- The postal code of the province of Madrid, in Spain.
- Twenty Eight is a popular game played in Kerala, India.
- The number of the French department Eure-et-Loir.
- Approximately the number of grams in an ounce, and used as such in the illegal drug trade.
- The UIC Country Code for Georgia identifying member countries of the International Union of Railways (UIC).
- The letter Q when encoding the serial number for intermodal (shipping) containers as defined by ISO 6346.
- The name of a single on the Trilogy by The Weeknd.
- Stober D. (2010) The strange case of solar flares and radioactive elements.