[alsoG-] 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 schīn ) ( from Old High German scīn ) ( from scīnan to shine )
German Gegenschein (“counter-shine”).