Record-breaking nine-hour rainbow appears in Taiwan

Taiwan rainbow 'lasts record-breaking nine hours'

The professor says he now plans to submit it as a world record, potentially toppling a six-hour rainbow which was seen over the United Kingdom city of Sheffield in 1994.

Chou Kun-hsuan says the iridescent phenomenon, which he caught on camera above the capital Taipei, lasted a staggering nine hours.

The previous world record was set in 1994 in Yorkshire, England, and lasted six hours, CBS News said.

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

According to The Guardian, the professors were initially monitoring the rainbow to test a theory that the bands of light begin to descend as time moves on.

Chou and a second professor, Liu Ching-huang, led the efforts to document the rainbow with the help of the department's students and the campus community.

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It felt like a gift from the sky.

Chou said after witnessing the rainbow for six hours, he was prepared for the next one. I was so excited; I wanted to make sure we captured the rainbow.

These conditions happened perfectly at the university, where it is now winter but the moisture is trapped in the air where it can form clouds long enough for the sun to make it out and into the water vapor. "But then it did something even more incredible; it went on to beat the previous record by another three hours!"

The university has since posted a bulletin asking students and staff to send in photos to prove to the Guinness World Records that they had broken a new world record. He added, "I plan to contact the Taipei City tourism department to promote this, 'you can see a nine-hour rainbow in Taipei in the winter, it's unbelievable!"

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the university alone took more than 10,000 photos of the rainbow to prove that it lasted nearly nine hours.

Chou said such atmospheric condition are quite normal in winter in Taipei's Yangmingshan mountain range, where the campus is located.

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