FMU director captures cool pic of sun with smartphone

Source: Brad Wofford
Source: Brad Wofford
Source: FMU Facebook page
Source: FMU Facebook page
Source: FMU Facebook page
Source: FMU Facebook page

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A director at Francis Marion University captured a unique image of the sun with his smartphone.

Brad Wofford, director of Instructional Technology and Electronic Media Services, placed his Samsung G5 camera lens to a telescope and snapped the picture Wednesday on campus. Wofford said he took the picture about 1:30 p.m.

Larry Metcalf, from the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy project, visited the university and set up telescopes for viewing solar activity.

Wofford said a filter was used, otherwise you'd hurt your eyes looking directly at the sun.

Sun spots as well as solar flares can be seen in the picture.

Another fun fact: Wofford said those flares are hundreds of miles above the sun, although the flares appear small in the picture.

According to NASA, If the sun were as tall as a typical front door, Earth would be about the size of a nickel. The temperature at the sun's core is about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit.

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