What is inclination?

Some articles on inclination, inclinations:

Gliese 3021 B
... A study published in 2001 suggested that the usual inability to determine the orbital inclination of an extrasolar planet through radial velocity ... The astrometric orbit gives an orbital inclination of 11.8° and a mass of 16 Jupiter masses, which would make the object a brown dwarf ... astrometric orbits for substellar companions, which means the inclination (and hence the true mass) of the planet are still unknown ...
109 Piscium B
... Preliminary astrometric measurements suggested that the orbital inclination is 170.3°, yielding an object mass of 38 times that of Jupiter, which ... to constrain the parameters, so the true inclination and mass remain unknown ... A more plausible suggestion is that this planet shares its star's inclination, of of 69+21 −26° ...
Minimum Mass
... in the movement of stars in the line-of-sight, so the real orbital inclinations and true masses of the planets are generally unknown ... If inclination can be determined, the true mass can be obtained from the calculated minimum mass using the following relationship For orbiting bodies in ...
HD 210277 B
... satellite, that the planet would have an inclination of 175.8° and a true mass of 18 times Jupiter making it a brown dwarf instead of a planet ... However these measurements were later proved useful only for upper limits of inclination ... disk, which seems a plausible assumption, it would have an inclination of 40° and an absolute mass of 2.2 times Jupiter, however later observations failed to confirm the disk's ...
Sources of Variation - Inclination and Ground Track
... Orbital inclination is the angle formed between the plane of an orbit and the equatorial plane of the Earth ... track will range from –i to i, where i is the orbital inclination ... In other words, the greater the inclination of a satellite's orbit, the further north and south its ground track will pass ...

More definitions of "inclination":

  • (noun): The act of inclining; bending forward.
    Example: "An inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
    Synonyms: inclining
  • (noun): (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees.
    Synonyms: inclination of an orbit
  • (noun): An attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others.
    Example: "He had an inclination to give up too easily"
    Synonyms: disposition, tendency
  • (noun): The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical.
    Example: "He walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
    Synonyms: tilt, list, lean, leaning
  • (noun): A characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect.
    Example: "The alkaline inclination of the local waters"
    Synonyms: tendency
  • (noun): (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis).
    Synonyms: angle of inclination
  • (noun): That toward which you are inclined to feel a liking.
    Example: "Her inclination is for classical music"

Famous quotes containing the word inclination:

    A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
    Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)

    I believe in the total depravity of inanimate things ... the elusiveness of soap, the knottiness of strings, the transitory nature of buttons, the inclination of suspenders to twist and of hooks to forsake their lawful eyes, and cleave only unto the hairs of their hapless owner’s head.
    Katharine Walker (1840–1916)

    It is said that truth comes from the mouths of fools and children: I wish every good mind which feels an inclination for satire would reflect that the finest satirist always has something of both in him.
    —G.C. (Georg Christoph)