gegenschein

gegenschein

[gey-guhn-shahyn]
noun Astronomy.
a faint, elliptical patch of light in the night sky that appears opposite the sun, being a reflection of sunlight by meteoric material in space.
Also called counterglow.
Compare zodiacal light.


Origin:
1875–80; < German Gegenschein counterglow

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gegenschein (ˈɡeɪɡənˌʃaɪn)
 
n
Also called: counterglow a faint glow in the sky, just visible at a position opposite to that of the sun and having a similar origin to zodiacal light
 
[German, from gegen against, opposite + Schein light; see shine]

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