cosmic background radiation

cosmic background radiation

noun Astronomy.
electromagnetic radiation coming from every direction in the universe, considered the remnant of the big bang and corresponding to the black-body radiation of 3 K, the temperature to which the universe has cooled.
Also called cosmic microwave background.
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Main Entry:  cosmic background radiation
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  microwave radiation in the universe, produced during the Big Bang and subsequently thinned and cooled as the universe expanded; also called background radiation
Usage:  science
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cosmic background radiation  
Weak radio-frequency radiation traveling through outer space with equal intensity in every direction. It is thought to be residual radiation from a period shortly following the big bang, when the universe was very hot. Also called microwave background.
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