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 ). The current estimated magnitude of Comet 14P/Wolf is 22.81 (JPL).
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.
- 14P/Wolf is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- 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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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 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.
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 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:
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.
Comet 14P/Wolf Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.72880051 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Feb-27 14:34:13
|Next perihelion transit||2017-Nov-29 06:52
|Argument of perihelion||peri||159.19640689593°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||202.10797799766°|
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.
|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|