This is, hands down, one of the most beautiful planetary images ever.

The latest photos from NASA's New Horizons probe, which flew by the Pluto system in July, include this stunning back-lit image. The sun turns the dwarf planet's contrast way up, showing off features we otherwise might not see with such clarity.

To the right, we see the smooth Sputnik Planum giving way to what looks like glaciers. On the left, mountains shoot up as high as 11,000 feet above the surface. We also see the many layers of Pluto's atmospheric haze, which start close to the ground and extend some 60 miles up.

We can also see a lower-lying haze -- a sort of fog. According to NASA scientists, that fog could be an indication that weather on Pluto changes from day-to-day, the way it does on Earth. Here's a close-up:

“This image really makes you feel you are there, at Pluto, surveying the landscape for yourself,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern said in a statement. “But this image is also a scientific bonanza, revealing new details about Pluto’s atmosphere, mountains, glaciers and plains.”

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