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Magnetosphere

A magnetosphere has many parts, such as the bow shock, magnetosheath, magnetotail, plasmasheet, lobes, plasmasphere, radiation belts and many electric currents.

Particles in the magnetosphere cause aurora and natural radio emissions such as lion roars and whistler waves.

Last modified December 3, 2008 by Randy Russell.

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