What is inclination?

  • (noun): (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees.
    Synonyms: inclination of an orbit
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on inclination, inclinations:

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 would make it a brown dwarf ... 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° ...
HD 210277 B
... the Hipparcos astrometrical 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 ... these measurements were later proved useful only for upper limits of inclination ... claimed circumstellar 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 ...
Minimum Mass
... measuring 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 stellar and ...
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 ... 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 ...
Gliese 3021 B
... in 2001 suggested that the usual inability to determine the orbital inclination of an extrasolar planet through radial velocity measurement had caused this ... 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 ...

More definitions of "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
  • (noun): The act of inclining; bending forward.
    Example: "An inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
    Synonyms: inclining
  • (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): 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): 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

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)

    One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature. When one feels such pleasure in non- existence, one’s inclination can be completely satisfied only by completely ceasing to exist.
    Emile Durkheim (1858–1917)

    The inclination to self-depreciation, to freely accepting being robbed, being duped, and being swindled, could be the modesty of a god among men.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)