Spectacular images obtained by the
IMAGE satellite show both partial and complete ring currents. For the first time, scientists
can now see ring current particles flow from the night side to the day side of Earth and disappear
into the magnetopause. The satellite observations also show that this is the most important way that
these particles are lost from the current during a magnetic storm.
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