Stunning clear views of Pluto, the most distant celestial body in our sun system. Published by The Guardian on September 17, 2015.

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The pictures, gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft that swept past the dwarf planet in July, shed new light on Pluto’s mountains, glaciers and plains, according to principal scientist Alan Stern.

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This photo released by Nasa shows the atmosphere and surface features of Pluto, lit from behind by the sun. Photograph: AP

The images were gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft that swept past the dwarf planet in July.

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The surface of Pluto. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images

Pluto’s curvature is featured in the latest pictures, with the sun providing dramatic back-lighting. Rugged terrain is shown, as is the extended atmosphere of the tiny orb on the frigid outskirts of the solar system. The panorama stretches 780 miles.

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A near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains on Pluto. Photograph: Nasa/Reuters

“In addition to being visually stunning, these low-lying hazes hint at the weather changing from day to day on Pluto, just like it does here on Earth,” Will Grundy, lead of the New Horizons composition team, said in a statement.

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