Satellite photo shows Nile River colored blood red

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CAIRO -- The European Space Agency's latest image of the Nile River might have a few doomsday zealots heading for the hills.

It appears the Egyptian river is a deep, blood red, drawing parallels to the first biblical plague of Egypt as told in the Book of Exodus.

Not to worry; the image was taken by ESA's recently launched Sentinel-3A satellite, which views areas of vegetation in infrared from the satellite's radiometer.

Sentinel-3A orbits Earth and provides data on the planet's land, ice and atmosphere as a way of understanding large-scale global dynamics.

The goal is to monitor wildfires and offer a better understanding of vegetation.