This picture shows that there are three small regions in which the particles are trapped. These regions are the plasmaspheres.
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The Plasmaspheres of Neptune
Neptune has three small plasmaspheres which are greatly affected by Neptune's rings.
Particles enter the plasmasphere from Neptune's atmosphere as well as the magnetotail. Particles might leave the plasmasphere by being swept directly into the atmosphere.
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