This Beautiful Nebula Is Not In Space

This photo was taken from space, but it's not a galaxy or a nebula. It's a massive phytoplankton bloom off the coast of South Africa, just when the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet.

The phytoplankton -- photosynthesising microscopic organisms that have chlorophyll in their cells -- are thriving thanks to the extended light times and the release of nutrients trapped in the melting ice.

The true-color image was captured by NASA's Terra satellite using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. [NASA Goddard]

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