What is orbital inclination?

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What is orbital inclination?

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In astronomy an orbit is defines as a circular or elliptical path of one stellar body around another. There are many different examples of orbits in our solar system. The planets orbit the Sun, moons orbit their respective planets, many satellites orbit the Earth, and the whole solar system itself even orbits the center of the galaxy.

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Orbital inclination is defined as the degree of tilt of an orbit around a body as defined from a given reference plane.

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