Key Facts

Overview

14P/Wolf is a small comet whose orbit features a relatively short period, low inclination, and is controlled by Jupiter's gravitational effects. NASA JPL has not classified 14P/Wolf as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

14P/Wolf orbits the sun every 3,196 days (8.75 years), coming as close as 2.73 AU and reaching as far as 5.76 AU from the sun. 14P/Wolf is about 4.7 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.

The rotation of 14P/Wolf has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 9.02 days.

No Close Approaches

14P/Wolf's orbit is 1.74 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

14P/Wolf's orbit is determined by observations dating back to July 27, 1992. It was last officially observed on Jan. 8, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 355 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This comet is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2455819.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 4.24644964347 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.357528952673
  • Inclination: 27.9427258341°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 202.107656653°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 159.182802374°
  • Mean Anomaly: 104.677961315°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 4.66000 km
  • Magnitude: 12.5

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 3,196 days (8.75 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 14.45 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.76 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.73 AU
  • Rotation Period: 9.02 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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