Taiwan rainbow breaks world record, lasts nearly 9 hours

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The rainbow shattered the previous record for the longest-lasting rainbow, which was in Yorkshire, England in March 1994 and lasted for a duration of six hours, as per the Guinness World Records. "It's so rare!" Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor in the university's department of atmospheric sciences, said.

A screengrab of a rainbow that arched over Taiwan for a reported eight hours and 58 minutes.

According to BBC, the department is now gathering all the evidence to apply for the Guinness record. "It's so rare", Chou told the BBC.

Taiwan rainbow breaks world record, lasts nearly 9 hours
Taiwan rainbow breaks world record, lasts nearly 9 hours

Many people count themselves lucky to catch a glimpse of a rainbow, but they may now have to dispel the notion that the sight only lasts for a fleeting moment.

Chou reportedly told BBC that the rainbow was rare, wonderful and a "gift from the sky".

Students and teachers at one Taiwan university received a pleasant surprise last week when a lovely rainbow appeared above campus and chose to stick around for awhile.

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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.

Chou has recorded the spectacular rainbow with the help of professor Liu Ching-huang and other students of the university.

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

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According to their observations, the rainbow appeared at 6:57 am on the morning of November 30th and stayed in the sky until 3:55 pm that afternoon, lasting for a grand total of 8 hours and 58 minutes.

A combination of a seasonal monsoons trapping moist air, a lack of strong winds and a partially cloudy sky allowed for the rainbow to be visible for such a long time. At the University say that such atmospheric conditions during winter are typical for the mountain area Yangminshan in Taipei, where is located the campus. 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 fantastic!"

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