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What does an inclination of 0 degrees mean?

For the solar system the reference plane is usually the plane of the ecliptic, so the Earth has a zero inclination. Sometimes the "invariant plane" defined by the angular momentum of the ...
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What can be learned from viewing the sun on earth during a total eclipse that cannot be studied by spacecraft in orbit?

"is there any way to position a probe so that it constantly experiences totality? Such as in Lagrange point L2 of some planet?" Careful reading of your linked Wikipedia page shows that the ...
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What can be learned from viewing the sun on earth during a total eclipse that cannot be studied by spacecraft in orbit?

It is true that many of the things that we used to use eclipses for can now be done from space, continuously. Eclipses are still important because they are usually much more easily accessible than ...
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