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Fraunhofer lines

noun, Astronomy
the dark lines of the solar spectrum.
1830-40; named after J. von Fraunhofer Unabridged
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Fraunhofer lines

/German ˈfraunhoːfər/
plural noun
a set of dark lines appearing in the continuous emission spectrum of the sun. It is caused by the absorption of light of certain wavelengths coming from the hotter region of the sun by elements in the cooler outer atmosphere
Word Origin
named after J. von Fraunhofer (1787–1826), German physicist
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