What is inclination?

  • (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
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on inclination, inclinations:

Gliese 3021 B
... that the usual inability to determine the orbital inclination of an extrasolar planet through radial velocity measurement had caused this mass to be severely underestimated ... 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 ... enough to accurately determine astrometric orbits for substellar companions, which means the inclination (and hence the true mass) of the planet are still unknown ...
Minimum Mass
... changes 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 extrasolar ...
109 Piscium B
... astrometric measurements suggested that the orbital inclination is 170.3°, yielding an object mass of 38 times that of Jupiter, which would make it a brown dwarf ... derive the astrometric orbit is insufficient 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° ...
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 ... by the ground 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 ...
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 ...

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): 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): That toward which you are inclined to feel a liking.
    Example: "Her inclination is for classical music"
  • (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): 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

Famous quotes containing the word inclination:

    The conduct of a man, who studies philosophy in this careless manner, is more truly sceptical than that of any one, who feeling in himself an inclination to it, is yet so over-whelm’d with doubts and scruples, as totally to reject it. A true sceptic will be diffident of his philosophical doubts, as well as of his philosophical conviction; and will never refuse any innocent satisfaction, which offers itself, upon account of either of them.
    David Hume (1711–1776)

    There are souls that are incurable and lost to the rest of society. Deprive them of one means of folly, they will invent ten thousand others. They will create subtler, wilder methods, methods that are absolutely DESPERATE. Nature herself is fundamentally antisocial, it is only by a usurpation of powers that the organized body of society opposes the natural inclination of humanity.
    Antonin Artaud (1896–1948)

    Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
    Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)