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Astronomical artistic license: 40 years of Pluto portaits

For decades, artists have had to use their imaginations to paint distant Pluto as more than just a cold, distant point of light. Here's a look back at some of the best illustrations before New Horizons throws them all out the window.
RELATED TOPICS: PLUTO | NEW HORIZONS | SPACE ART | #YEAROFPLUTO
James Hervat for Astronomy
James Hervat painted many planets for Astronomy magazine in the 1970s. This Pluto painting, which shows the icy world in a hue of blue, still hangs in the office.
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