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9-hour rainbow in Taiwan may be the longest-lasting yet

9-hour rainbow in Taiwan may be the longest-lasting yet

A rainbow arched over northern Taiwan for nearly nine hours last week, potentially making it the longest lasting recorded example of the natural phenomenon in history.

The rainbow, reportedly visible from 6:57 a.m.to 3:55 p.m. on November 30, spanned the mountains near Taipei's Chinese Culture University for eight hours and 58 minutes.

"It was fantastic... It felt like a gift from the sky".

The recordings and the pictures taken by them showed the colourful stretch lasted from 06:57 local time until 15:55. "It's so rare!" said Prof Chou, as reported by BBC. This time, Chou and a fellow professor, Liu Ching-huang, were ready, issuing a university-wide call at 4:00 p.m. for photos to help fill in gaps in their own observation.

According to BBC, the department is now gathering all the evidence to apply for the Guinness record.

The previous record was set in 1994, when a rainbow curved over Sheffield, UK, for six hours.

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"Besides the two main rainbows that are easily observed, the other two are known as supernumerary rainbows, which are less obvious to see due to the difference in the size of rain drops", Kun-hsuan said, according to The Daily Mail.

"After four hours, we mobilised all our students and began to notify everyone in the school to take pictures and send us pictures", Prof Chou said.

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

To apply for Guinness World Record's "longest-lasting rainbow", the professors are gathering more evidence from those who witnessed the unusual phenomenon on campus that day.

According to reports, the conditions that made the rainbow last so long were a seasonal north-east monsoon that trapped moisture in the air, forming clouds, sunlight and a relatively slow wind speed of 2.5-5 metres per second. At the University say that such atmospheric conditions during winter are typical for the mountain area Yangminshan in Taipei, where is located the campus.

But the interesting thing is that this is a natural phenomenon lasted for nine hours.


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