Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso

Diffuse Galactic Light

  • William M. Irvine
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_433-3


The diffuse galactic light is the weak background ultraviolet and visible radiation produced by interstellar dust grains scattering light from stars in the disk of the Milky Way galaxy. It is not easily separable observationally from the zodiacal light (sunlight scattered by dust in the solar system) and from airglow (emission from atoms and molecules in the Earth’s upper atmosphere).

See Also


Bioorganic Chemistry Solar System Visible Radiation Interstellar Dust Weak Background 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AstronomyLederle Graduate Research Tower B 619E, University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA