As rainbow stretches over Sheffield skies, did you know city holds world record for the longest lasting bow?

Up above the streets and house of Sheffield this morning there's been a rainbow climbing high - but did you know Sheffield holds the world record for the globe's longest lasting bow?

Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 8:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:13 pm
The rainbow over Sheffield this morning.

This impressive colourful arch was spotted stretching over the city centre this morning - but it will have to go some way to beat an incredible record set in 1994.

For on March 14 in that year, a rainbow was apparently observed continuously over the city for an incredible six hours - the colourful weather spectacle lasting from 9am to 3pm.

There's little documentation out there, but the rainbow was apparently observed from the University of Sheffield for most of the day.

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Rainbows are formed through reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc.

Rainbows can be full circles; however, the average observer sees only an arc formed by illuminated droplets above the ground.

In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, with red on the inner side of the arc.