A giant mystery rainbow has been filmed in the skies above Taiwan which a local university says lasted for an incredible nine hours.
And if proved that would set a new world record.
The giant, mystery rainbow was filmed in the mountains around the capital Taipei and incredible images of it were shared on social media.
The Chinese Culture University now hopes to submit proof of the rainbow’s duration to the Guinness World Records committee.
It lasted for eight hours and 58 minutes according to Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor in the university’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
It was amazing… It felt like a gift from the sky… It’s so rare! Prof Chou told the BBC .
Prof Chou and colleague Liu Ching-huang documented the rainbow with the help of students and the campus community.
Their observations, pictures and video recordings showed the rainbow lasted from 0657 until 1555 – eight hours and 58 minutes.
If confirmed, it would shatter the previous record for the longest-lasting rainbow, set in Yorkshire,on March 14, 1994 which was recorded as lasting for six hours.
Rainbows form when sunlight shines through rain and moisture in the air.
The rainbow in Tapei may have been visible for such a long period due to seasonal monsoons trapping moist air, a lack of strong winds and a partially cloudy sky, The Guardian reports.
The professors observed four separate rainbows during the nine-hour period, and they even photographed all of them in a single frame.
And the department recorded another rainbow which lasted for six hours days earlier.
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