absorption nebulae

absorption nebula

noun Astronomy.
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dark nebula

noun Astronomy.
a cloud of interstellar gas and dust that absorbs and thus obscures the light from stars behind it, appearing as a dark patch in front of a bright nebula or in an otherwise bright area of sky.
Also called absorption nebula.


Origin:
1930–35

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dark nebula
 
n
See nebula a type of nebula that is observed by its blocking of radiation from other sources

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absorption nebula  
A mass of interstellar gas and dust that absorbs most or all of the light from the stars behind it. Absorption nebulae appear as irregular dark patches and collectively cover about two percent of the sky. Some absorption nebulae, especially the Coalsack near the constellations Centaurus and Southern Cross, are visible to the naked eye. Also called dark cloud, dark nebula. See more at nebula.
dark nebula  
See absorption nebula.
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