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gegenschein

noun, ge·gen·schein often capitalized \ˈgā-gən-ˌshīn\

Definition of GEGENSCHEIN

:  a faint light about 20° across on the celestial sphere opposite the sun probably caused by backscatter of sunlight by solar-system dust

Origin of GEGENSCHEIN

German, from gegen against, counter- + Schein shine
First Known Use: 1877

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