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Comparing Webb’s First Photos to What Hubble Saw

NASA has finally published the first colorized, full-resolution photos captured by the James Webb Space Telescope and the detail and resolution of the images is incredible, especially when compared to the images of these same cosmic objects captured by Hubble.

These are the World’s First Photos of Lightning

In the 1880s, photographer William Jennings set out to prove that lightning was a far more varied and volatile thing than a simple zig zag in the sky. After some trial and error, he ultimately succeeded, capturing what is often shared online as "the world's first photograph of lightning."

This is the First Photo Shot on the Far Side of the Moon

China just became the first country to achieve a soft-landing on the far side of the moon after its Chang'e-4 probe landed at 2:30 AM Universal Time today. And shortly after landing, the probe sent back this first photo ever shot from the surface of the "dark side of the moon."

A photo captured by a NASA probe from within the Sun's corona

This is the First Photo Shot Inside the Sun’s Corona

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is on a mission to explore the Sun's corona (basically its atmosphere), and the robotic spacecraft recently made the closest-ever approach to a star. NASA just shared a remarkable photo share by Parker: the first photo ever shot from inside the Sun's corona.

Nikon 500mm f/5.6 Spotted. It’s TINY!

Nikon announced last month that it's developing an ultra-portable 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR lens. Here's a photo of the actual lens -- as you can see, Nikon wasn't kidding when it said the 500mm lens is "ultra-portable."

This First-Ever Solar Eclipse Photo Was Shot in 1851

For those in North America, the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017, could be the most photographed, viewed, and observed eclipse of all time. But back in 1851, cameras were in short supply, and that was the year the very first photograph was taken of a solar eclipse.

The Final and Finest Photo of Pluto Before Flyby

After traveling nine years and three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft finally reached the dwarf planet Pluto today. To celebrate, NASA released this final and sharpest photo of the dwarf planet captured before the historic flyby.

The First Photo of an Execution by Electric Chair

The photograph above has been called the most famous tabloid photo of the 1920s. It's the first photo showing an execution by electric chair, and was captured by photographer Tom Howard at the execution of Ruth Snyder back on January 12, 1928.

The Real Oldest Photo of New York City is Not Nearly As Cool as the Fake One

News flash: You can't believe everything you see on Twitter. We know, we were shocked too.

Such was the case with this striking sepia-toned image that started lighting up the mediasphere yesterday billed as "the Earliest Photograph Taken of New York City - Broadway, May 1850." (And immediately started attracting comments in the vein of: "And they haven't fixed the potholes since!")

Photographing Those Who Have Never Had Their Photo Taken, a Journey to Siberia

Twice, once in 2011 and once earlier this very year, photographer Sasha Leahovcenco packed his bags and travelled to the ends of the Earth to bring photography to those who have never had their photos taken. As you might imagine, the experience left Leahovcenco a changed man, and when you look through the photos he came back with, you begin to understand why.

The first ever photo, showing a rooftop view, by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

The First Photo: Nicéphore Niépce’s ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’

It has been over half a century since Swiss photo historian Helmut Gernsheim donated the world’s earliest permanent photograph* to the University of Texas for public display in 1963. This article is a look at the story behind Nicéphore Niépce's View from the Window at Le Gras, the world's oldest known photographer captured with a camera.