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Caption: The plasmasphere (green) is a region of ionospheric plasma which co-rotates with the Earth, carried by the magnetic field lines. The plasmapause marks the outer boundary of this region. This colder plasma is more easily moved by the electric fields created by strong solar storms. In the Halloween 2003 event, these fields convected some of the cold plasma out to the magnetopause (gray, semi-transparent surface) and reduced the size of the cold plasma region near the Earth.

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Plasmasphere during solar storm, 2003

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