Definition of Maffei in English:

Maffei

noun

Astronomy
  • Either of two galaxies ("Maffei 1" and "Maffei 2") near the galactic equator which are visible only in red and infrared light owing to the heavy extinction of shorter-wavelength light by interstellar dust.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in Astrophysical Journal: Letters. From the name of Paolo Maffei, Italian astronomer, who described the galaxies in 1968.

Pronunciation

Maffei

/ˈmafeɪ/ /məˈfeɪ/