Mother Nature may have broken a world record last week when a rainbow appeared on the Chinese Culture University in Taipei and remained for almost nine hours, the BBC reported. Two teachers worked with the students to document the rainbow throughout the day so they could send it to Guinness World Records.
The previous record for the longest rainbow, recorded in Yorkshire, England, in March 1994, lasted only two thirds as long as that of Taiwan. Then, if Guinness accepts the recordings and the proofs of the professors Chou Kun-hsuan and Liu Ching-huang, the recent rainbow would become the holder of the official record. Those who were in college did not originally expect the rainbow to last long, as most rainbows do, but after four hours the teachers began asking students and others at the school to begin documenting it, Professor Chou said. to BBC.
At the university I was ready to document the rainbow because there had been one of six hours a few days before, according to the BBC. Now everyone is working to gather the necessary information to request the new world record.
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences of the university only took more than 10,000 photos of the rainbow to show that it lasted almost nine hours. Professor Chou said that he and his students and colleagues are prepared to test every second of the rainbow in Guinness.
Rainbows are simply optical phenomena that only appear when the conditions of the atmosphere are perfect and the angle of the viewers is perfect, as good, according to NASA. The colors that seem to radiate from the sky are formed from drops of water that float in the air, so the rainbows appear so frequently after the rain and when the sun begins to rise again. The water in the air doubles the sunlight and when the light comes out of the drop it breaks at each of its visible wavelengths of light.
These conditions happened perfectly at the university, where it is currently winter but humidity is trapped in the air where it can form clouds long enough for the sun to rise and enter the water vapor.