Great photo and post by Jason Major of the Lights in the Dark blog.

Lights in the Dark

Pluto and Charon from 7.8 million km (4.5 million miles) on July 7, 2015. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute. Edited by J. Major.)Pluto and Charon from 7.8 million km (4.5 million miles) on July 7, 2015. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute. Edited by J. Major.)

…no, really. There hasn’t been an image this detailed of Pluto and its moon Charon in pretty much EVER. (Which makes total sense since New Horizons is the FIRST spacecraft to visit it and it has less than a week and .05 AU  to go until its closest pass!) So actually everything you’ll see of Pluto and Charon from now on will be like never before.

That said, this view of the two worlds – captured by the LORRI camera on July 7 – is simply incredible! It’s hard to believe that we are now seeing such detail on a 1,430-mile-wide (2,302 km) planet that had been for so long just a point of light or, at best, a murky blob in our…

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