Record-Breaking Rainbow Appears for 9 Hours in Taiwan

Taiwan rainbow 'lasts record-breaking nine hours'

"It's so rare!" Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor in the university's department of atmospheric sciences, said. On 27 November, they even had a preview of what was to come when they recorded a rainbow that lasted six hours.

Professors from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Chinese Culture University (CCU) in Taipei, Taiwan have launched a campaign to have a marathon nine-hour rainbow they spotted to be recognised by the Guiness World Records as the longest-lasting rainbow ever recorded.

Rainbow appeared in the sky at 6:57 a.m. and disappeared at 15:55. England's Yorkshire now holds the record for the longest-lasting rainbow with an impressive six hours.

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

The natural marvel didn't catch the department wholly by surprise: There was a nearly-six hour rainbow the previous week.

"When we broke the previous record after passing six hours, I was hardly able to stay seated for lunch; it was around lunchtime". They are now gathering all the evidence to apply for the Guinness record, BBC reported.

"We need "per second" photos to support this record, no matter how many of them are available", the school explained in an online statement.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, a rainbow typically does not last more than an hour.

But a seasonal northeast monsoon in the area trapped moisture in the air, forming clouds, sunlight and a relatively slow and steady wind speed of 5.5 to 11 miles per hour, to create the ideal atmospheric conditions to extend the the length and appearance of this particular rainbow, BBC News reports.

"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.

These conditions are typical in the area in wintertime, Chou told the BBC, adding that he plans to contact the city's tourism board to make rainbow-watching a draw for visitors.

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