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Comet 14P/Wolf

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Comet 14P/Wolf Position

Comet 14P/Wolf is currently in the constellation of Monoceros. The current Right Ascension is 07h 47m 43s and the Declination is -02° 32’ 19”.

07h 47m 43s
-02° 32’ 19”

Simplified sky chart showing where Comet 14P/Wolf is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Comet 14P/Wolf in Monoceros on August, 19 2019
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Comet 14P/Wolf is right now (view fullscreen)

RA: 07h 47m 43s
Dec: -02° 32’ 19”
Deep sky finder chart for Comet 14P/Wolf
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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

The distance of Comet 14P/Wolf from Earth is currently 757,790,446 kilometers, equivalent to 5.065516 Astronomical Units. Light takes 42 minutes and 7.7168 seconds to travel from Comet 14P/Wolf and arrive to us.

42 minutes and 7.7168 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.

Distance of Comet 14P/Wolf from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 1.62789453 Astronomical Units, or 243,529,556 kilometers:

Wed Oct 3 2068

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

Comet 14P/Wolf brightness

The current visual magnitude of Comet 14P/Wolf is 22.96.


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 behvior 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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet 14P/Wolf between January 2013 and December 2100

Comet 14P/Wolf rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

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

Azimuth: 92.5°
Max altitude: 36.0°
Azimuth: 267.5°
Comet 14P/Wolf is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Comet 14P/Wolf touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Comet 14P/Wolf Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet 14P/Wolf at epoch 14 September 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455819.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.35752895
Orbit inclination i 27.94272583°
Perihelion distance q 2.72822095 AU
408,136,046 km
Aphelion distance Q 5.76467834 AU
862,383,606 km
Semi-major axis a 4.24644964 AU
635,259,826 km
Orbital period period 8.7500 years
3,196.2254 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2009-Feb-27 15:02:34
2,454,890.1268 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Nov-28 20:27
2,458,086.3522 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 159.18280237364°
Longitude of the ascending node node 202.10765665328°
Mean anomaly M 104.67796131527°
Mean motion n 0.11263286°/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
2019 Aug 12 07h 39m 54s -01° 54’ 56” 22.95 Monoceros
2019 Aug 13 07h 40m 54s -01° 59’ 30” 22.95 Monoceros
2019 Aug 14 07h 41m 54s -02° 04’ 05” 22.95 Monoceros
2019 Aug 15 07h 42m 55s -02° 08’ 44” 22.95 Monoceros
2019 Aug 16 07h 43m 54s -02° 13’ 27” 22.96 Monoceros
2019 Aug 17 07h 44m 53s -02° 18’ 12” 22.96 Monoceros
2019 Aug 18 07h 45m 51s -02° 23’ 02” 22.96 Monoceros
2019 Aug 19 07h 46m 50s -02° 27’ 53” 22.96 Monoceros
2019 Aug 20 07h 47m 48s -02° 32’ 49” 22.96 Monoceros
2019 Aug 21 07h 48m 47s -02° 37’ 49” 22.97 Monoceros
2019 Aug 22 07h 49m 45s -02° 42’ 51” 22.97 Monoceros
2019 Aug 23 07h 50m 43s -02° 47’ 56” 22.97 Monoceros
2019 Aug 24 07h 51m 39s -02° 53’ 03” 22.97 Monoceros
2019 Aug 25 07h 52m 36s -02° 58’ 15” 22.97 Monoceros