a diffuse, faint light, sometimes visible almost directly opposite the sun in the night sky, and thought to be sunlight reflected from dust
Origin of gegenscheinGerman ; from gegen, against + schein, a shine, gleam
A faint glowing spot or region in the sky, occasionally visible exactly opposite the position of the sun, consisting of sunlight scattered by interplanetary dust particles. Also called counterglow.
Origin of gegenscheinGerman : gegen, against (from Middle High German, from Old High German gegin) + Schein, light (from Middle High German sch&imacron;n, from Old High German sc&imacron;n, from sc&imacron;nan, to shine).
German Gegenschein (“counter-shine”).