'Record-breaking' rainbow seen in Taiwan for nine hours

Taiwan rainbow 'lasts record-breaking nine hours'

Taiwan rainbow 'lasts record-breaking nine hours'

The rainbow was recorded on November 30 by Chou Kun-hsuan (周昆炫) and Liu Ching-huang (劉清煌), both professors in the Department of Atmospheric Science, as they stood on the roof of the Dayi Building on the campus of CCU.

Professor Chou said: 'This was a gift from the sky.

Mother Nature may have broken a world record last week when a rainbow appeared over the Chinese Culture University in Taipei and stayed for almost nine hours, the BBC reported.

The professors are in the university's department of atmospheric sciences and enlisted the help of students and the campus community in their task, the BBC reported.

If confirmed, it would shatter the previous record for the longest-lasting rainbow, set in Yorkshire, England, on 14 March 1994.

The recordings and the pictures taken by them showed the colourful stretch lasted from 06:57 local time until 15:55.

Rainbows usually only last for a short period of time so when this arc wore on, professor Chou Kun-hsuan and his colleague Liu Ching-huang rounded up their students and began to photograph and document the spectacular sight.

'I was shaking when I observed a six-hour rainbow, but this was a miracle [to me], being able to capture a rainbow with such long duration'.

A university professor in Taiwan claims to have witnessed the longest ever rainbow. "But then it did something even more incredible; it went on to beat the previous record by another three hours!"

"With the 10,000 pictures we took in our department alone, and the many more taken by others on campus and people living nearby, I'm confident we can prove to Guinness second by second that this rainbow lasted for nine hours", Prof Chou said.

As for how exactly a almost 9-hour rainbow could occur, Professor Chou explains that a seasonal monsoon blowing in from the northeast had trapped moisture in the air, thus creating the ideal conditions for the appearance of rainbows.

The rainbow was recorded by two scientists at Chinese Culture University in Taipei.

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