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This is a drawing of the Earth's magnetosphere. The plasma sheet is highlighted in yellow.
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The Plasma Sheet

The plasma sheet is just that, a sheet of plasma. It is much thicker than a sheet of paper though! In fact, it is much thicker than the distance through the middle of the Earth!

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