By JENNIFER EARL CBS NEWS
Somewhere in the rainbow, a new world record was brewing last week. Students in Taiwan eagerly watched their watches and kept their eyes on the heavens as they documented the most enduring rainbow known to mankind.
The rainbow arched over northern Taiwan for almost nine hours, eight hours and 58 minutes, to be exact. so it is the longest lasting rainbow ever recorded, according to students and staff of the University of Chinese Culture in the Taipei Mountains. The colorful view stretched across the sky from 6:57 a.m. until 3:55 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
That would shatter the previous world record, set in Yorkshire, England, on March 14, 1994. The Yorkshire rainbow lasted six hours, according to the Guinness World Records.
"It was amazing … It felt like a gift from heaven … It's so weird!" said Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the university who helped lead efforts to document the rainbow, according to BBC News.
After witnessing a rainbow of almost six hours the previous week, Kun-hsuan promised to be ready when another appeared.
"After four hours, we mobilized all of our students and started notifying everyone at the school to take pictures and send us pictures," Kun-hsuan said.
Chinese Culture University published a newsletter on Thursday asking students and staff to send photos or videos they took of the rainbow to show Guinness World Records that they had set a new world record.
"We need photographs & # 39; per second & # 39; to support this record, no matter how many of them are available," the school explained in an online statement.
With the nearly 10,000 images taken only in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and thousands of others taken by students and residents in the area, Kun-hsuan believes they will have enough to win the title.
"I'm sure we can prove to Guinness second by second, this rainbow lasted nine hours," Kun-hsuan said.
Rainbows usually last much less than an hour, according to Guinness World Records.
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 perfect weather conditions to extend the length and appearance of this rainbow in particular, reports BBC News.
These conditions are common in winter in the Yangmingshan mountain range of Taipei, where the campus of the University of Chinese Culture is located. That makes it an ideal place to detect long-lasting rainbows, Kun-hsuan said.
In fact, the conditions are so perfect, Kun-hsuan said he intends to get to the city's tourism department to promote the colorful views.
"I plan to contact the tourism department of the city of Taipei to promote this," You can see a nine-hour rainbow in Taipei in the winter, it's amazing! Come to Taipei! & # 39; Said Kun-hsuan.
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