NASA – The image of Pluto and its moon Charon, taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on January 27,2015.
The image is magnified four times to make the objects more visible.
“Pluto is finally becoming more than just a pinpoint of light,” said Hal Weaver, New Horizons project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.
Over the next several months, the apparent sizes of Pluto and Charon, as well as the separation between them, will continue to expand in the images.
The images come on the 109th birthday of Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the distant icy world in 1930.
Image Credit: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI