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Comet 14P/Wolf

Altitude: 28.5°   Azimuth: 170.3°   Direction: South

Comet 14P/Wolf is currently in the constellation of Libra.

The current Right Ascension of Comet 14P/Wolf is 14h 46m 09s and the Declination is -09° 34’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 14P/Wolf is 22.81 (JPL).

14h 46m 09s
-09° 34’ 34”

The observed values of Magnitude, Coma Diameter and Tail Length are derived from the most recent observation recorded at the Comet Observers Database. The value of Predicted Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and, in the case of comets, might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of these objects. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Predicted Magnitude as a directional indication. We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

Today's rise, transit and set times of Comet 14P/Wolf from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 99.6°
Max altitude: 28.9°
Azimuth: 260.4°
  • 14P/Wolf is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South direction at an altitude of 28° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 14P/Wolf is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

Comet 14P/Wolf Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Comet 14P/Wolf finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Finder chart of 14P/Wolf in Libra on December,11 2023
Map showing Comet 14P/Wolf in Libra on December, 11 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 14P/Wolf
Map showing Comet 14P/Wolf in Libra on December, 11 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Comet 14P/Wolf is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 14h 46m 09s
Dec: -09° 34’ 34”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 14P/Wolf
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Comet 14P/Wolf?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Comet 14P/Wolf in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Comet 14P/Wolf Distance from Earth

The distance of Comet 14P/Wolf from Earth is currently 893,632,124 kilometers, equivalent to 5.973562 Astronomical Units. Light takes 49 minutes and 40.8359 seconds to travel from Comet 14P/Wolf and arrive to us.

49 minutes and 40.8359 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Comet 14P/Wolf from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Chart of the distance of Comet 14P/Wolf from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 14P/Wolf from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Comet 14P/Wolf to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 14P/Wolf to Earth happens on Wed Oct 3 2068 at a distance of 1.627895 Astronomical Units, or 243,529,555 kilometers:

Wed Oct 3 2068

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Comet 14P/Wolf Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet 14P/Wolf, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Chart of the magnitude of Comet 14P/Wolf as a function of time

Comet 14P/Wolf Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 14P/Wolf at epoch 14 November 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455880.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.35745330
Orbit inclination i 27.94263969°
Perihelion distance q 2.72880051 AU
408,222,747 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.76490273 AU
862,417,175 km
Semi-major axis a 4.24685162 AU
635,319,961 km
Orbital period period 8.7520 years
3,196.6792 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Feb-27 14:34:13
2,454,890.1071 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Nov-29 06:52
2,458,086.7863 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 159.19640689593°
Longitude of the ascending node node 202.10797799766°
Mean anomaly M 111.53494605587°
Mean motion n 0.11261687°/day

Visualization of Comet 14P/Wolf Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet 14P/Wolf with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet 14P/Wolf and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Comet 14P/Wolf 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet 14P/Wolf computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet 14P/Wolf in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Dec 04 14h 40m 18s -09° 24’ 01” 22.85 Libra
2023 Dec 05 14h 41m 07s -09° 25’ 35” 22.84 Libra
2023 Dec 06 14h 41m 54s -09° 27’ 06” 22.84 Libra
2023 Dec 07 14h 42m 42s -09° 28’ 36” 22.83 Libra
2023 Dec 08 14h 43m 29s -09° 30’ 02” 22.83 Libra
2023 Dec 09 14h 44m 17s -09° 31’ 26” 22.82 Libra
2023 Dec 10 14h 45m 05s -09° 32’ 47” 22.82 Libra
2023 Dec 11 14h 45m 51s -09° 34’ 05” 22.81 Libra
2023 Dec 12 14h 46m 38s -09° 35’ 21” 22.81 Libra
2023 Dec 13 14h 47m 25s -09° 36’ 33” 22.80 Libra
2023 Dec 14 14h 48m 11s -09° 37’ 42” 22.80 Libra
2023 Dec 15 14h 48m 57s -09° 38’ 48” 22.79 Libra
2023 Dec 16 14h 49m 44s -09° 39’ 52” 22.79 Libra
2023 Dec 17 14h 50m 30s -09° 40’ 54” 22.78 Libra