dark nebula

  1. 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.

Origin of dark nebula

First recorded in 1930–35
  • Also called absorption nebula.

Words Nearby dark nebula

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How to use dark nebula in a sentence

  • It was later, that I saw the dark nebula—at first, an impalpable cloud, away to my right.

    The House on the Borderland | William Hope Hodgson
  • Upon the whole, the theory of an encounter between a star and a dark nebula seems best to fit the observations.

    Curiosities of the Sky | Garrett Serviss
  • We have seen that there are reasons for supposing our own system to have been at first a cool dark nebula rotating slowly.

British Dictionary definitions for dark nebula

dark nebula

  1. a type of nebula that is observed by its blocking of radiation from other sources: See nebula

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Scientific definitions for dark nebula

dark nebula

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