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Rainbow lasts a record-breaking nine hours in Taiwan

Rainbow lasts a record-breaking nine hours in Taiwan

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

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

The professors and department were ready to capture the rainbow because they had recorded a rainbow lasting about six hours the previous Monday, Prof Chou said.

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.

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

Rainbow lasts a record-breaking nine hours in Taiwan
Rainbow lasts a record-breaking nine hours in Taiwan

The spectacular natural phenomenon was observed by Professor Kun-Hsuan Chou, who works at the Department of Atmospheric Science of Chinese Culture University in Taipei city.

On Nov. 30, from the roof of their building on the campus of CCU, Chou and his colleague Liu Ching-huang (劉清煌), measured the rainbow lasting from 6:57 a.m. and lasted until 3:55, or 8 hours and 58 minutes. "It's so rare!" said Prof Chou, as reported by BBC. "If Iceland is known for aurora, Taiwan can do the same for long-lasting rainbows", Chou said.

"When we broke the previous record after passing six hours, I was hardly able to stay seated for lunch; it was around lunchtime".

The university is now gathering its data and evidence to apply for the Guinness record. The time of day where they have the most gaps that need to be filled is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., as the higher position of the sun made the rainbow more hard to spot.

A seasonal monsoon, slow wind speed, and sunlight sparked last Thursday's phenomenon, national newspaper Taiwan News reported. Such atmospheric conditions common during winter in the mountain ridge Yanminshan in Taipei, where campus is located, making it ideal for detecting long-term rainbows, said Professor Zhou. 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 incredible!"

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