Professors and students of the Chinese Culture University in Taipei’s mountains witnessed the longest rainbow in recorded history, one that lasted 9 hours.
If confirmed and settled, it would break the previous record for the longest-lasting rainbow set in Yorkshire, England, on 14 March 1994 which lasted 6 hours according to Guinness World Records.
“It was amazing… It felt like a gift from the sky… It’s so rare!” said Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor in the university’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
Professors and students self-organized and began documenting the rainbow through a series of videos and photos which have been circulating on social media.
“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.
“When we broke the previous record after passing six hours, I was hardly able to stay seated for lunch; it was around lunchtime. I was so excited; I wanted to make sure we captured the rainbow. But then it did something even more incredible; it went on to beat the previous record by another three hours!”
The department is now gathering all the evidence to apply for the Guinness record.