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A faint glowing spot or region in the sky, occasionally visible exactly opposite the position of the sun, consisting of sunlight scattered by interplanetary dust particles. Also called counterglow.
[German : gegen, against (from Middle High German, from Old High German gegin) + Schein, light (from Middle High German schīn, from Old High German scīn, from scīnan, to shine).]
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(Physical Geography) 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. Also called: counterglow
[German, from gegen against, opposite + Schein light; see shine]
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a faint patch of light in the night sky, opposite where the sun has set: thought to be the reflection of sunlight by meteoric dust.
[1875–80; < German Gegenschein counterglow]
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|Noun||1.||gegenschein - a faint spot of light in the night sky that appears directly opposite the position of the sun; a reflection of sunlight by micrometeoric material in space|
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