Comet 14P/Wolf is currently in the constellation of Sextans. The current Right Ascension of Comet 14P/Wolf is 10h 19m 57s and the Declination is -11° 25’ 17” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 14P/Wolf is 22.78 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Comet 14P/Wolf [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- 14P/Wolf is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 17° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 14P/Wolf is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 14P/Wolf rise and set times.
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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.
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.
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 865,203,301 kilometers, equivalent to 5.783527 Astronomical Units. Light takes 48 minutes and 6.0076 seconds to travel from Comet 14P/Wolf and arrive to us.
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.
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 January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Comet 14P/Wolf to Earth happens on Wed Oct 3 2068 at a distance of 1.627894 Astronomical Units, or 243,529,547 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Comet 14P/Wolf brightness
The observed magnitude and coma diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available, please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated 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.
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.
Comet 14P/Wolf rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 14P/Wolf touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Comet 14P/Wolf Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.72858013 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Feb-27 14:44:17
|Next perihelion transit||2017-Nov-29 02:52
|Argument of perihelion||peri||159.19117562832°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||202.10791102968°|
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.
|2020 Oct 22||10h 15m 57s||-10° 48’ 50”||22.80||Sextans|
|2020 Oct 23||10h 16m 32s||-10° 53’ 53”||22.79||Sextans|
|2020 Oct 24||10h 17m 07s||-10° 58’ 58”||22.79||Sextans|
|2020 Oct 25||10h 17m 40s||-11° 04’ 01”||22.79||Sextans|
|2020 Oct 26||10h 18m 14s||-11° 09’ 05”||22.79||Sextans|
|2020 Oct 27||10h 18m 47s||-11° 14’ 08”||22.78||Sextans|
|2020 Oct 28||10h 19m 18s||-11° 19’ 10”||22.78||Sextans|
|2020 Oct 29||10h 19m 50s||-11° 24’ 12”||22.78||Sextans|
|2020 Oct 30||10h 20m 22s||-11° 29’ 15”||22.77||Sextans|
|2020 Oct 31||10h 20m 53s||-11° 34’ 15”||22.77||Sextans|
|2020 Nov 01||10h 21m 24s||-11° 39’ 16”||22.77||Hydra|
|2020 Nov 02||10h 21m 54s||-11° 44’ 17”||22.76||Hydra|
|2020 Nov 03||10h 22m 23s||-11° 49’ 17”||22.76||Hydra|
|2020 Nov 04||10h 22m 53s||-11° 54’ 15”||22.75||Hydra|