dark nebula


noun Astronomy.

a cloud of interstellar gas and dust that absorbs and thus obscures the light from stars behind it, appearing as a dark patch in front of a bright nebula or in an otherwise bright area of sky.

Nearby words

  1. dark lantern,
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Origin of dark nebula

First recorded in 1930–35

Also called absorption nebula.

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British Dictionary definitions for absorption nebula

dark nebula

noun

a type of nebula that is observed by its blocking of radiation from other sourcesSee nebula
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Science definitions for absorption nebula

dark nebula

See absorption nebula.
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