gegenschein

[gey-guh n-shahyn]
noun Astronomy.
  1. 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.

Origin of gegenschein

First recorded in 1875–80, gegenschein is from the German word Gegenschein counterglow
Also called counterglow.
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gegenschein

noun
  1. a faint glow in the sky, just visible at a position opposite to that of the sun and having a similar origin to zodiacal lightAlso called: counterglow

Word Origin for gegenschein

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