Plasma in Earth's magnetic field, UV image

Plasma in Earth's magnetic field, UV image

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Caption: Earth's magnetic field. Ultraviolet image of hot plasma (ionised gas, orange) trapped in the Earth's magnetic field. The Earth has been superimposed at centre. The Sun is out of frame at top right corner. Plasma density is colour-coded, from white (highest) to dark red (lowest). The night side of the Earth (lower left) has a lower plasma density than the sunward side. This image was taken by the High Energy Neutral Atom imager (HENA) on board the Imager for Magnetopause to Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) spacecraft on 11th August 2000.

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