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[gey-guh n-shahyn] /ˈgeɪ gənˌʃaɪn/
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 of gegenschein
First recorded in 1875-80, gegenschein is from the German word Gegenschein counterglow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for gegenschein
Historical Examples
  • These are known respectively as the Zodiacal Light and the gegenschein.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • Barnard finds that the gegenschein is not so faint as is generally supposed.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • The gegenschein is an extremely elusive phenomenon, suitable only for eyes that have been specially trained to see it.

    Curiosities of the Sky Garrett Serviss
  • M. Quénisset notes that—as in the case of the Zodiacal Light—the southern border of the gegenschein is sharper than the northern.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • He must moreover sign with his own hand the so-called «gegenschein» (Counter-certificate) to be found in the deposit book.

British Dictionary definitions for gegenschein


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
Word Origin
German, from gegen against, opposite + Schein light; see shine
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