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cosmic background radiation

noun, Astronomy
1.
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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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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The microwave radiation that arrives at the Earth from every direction in space. The detection of this radiation played an important role in acceptance of the Big Bang theory.

Note: This radiation is sometimes referred to as the “echo” of the Big Bang.
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