14P/Wolf

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14P/Wolf
Discovery
Discovered by Max Wolf
Discovery date September 17, 1884
Alternative
designations
1884 S1; 1884 III;
1884c; 1891 J1;
1891 II; 1891b;
1898 IV; 1898f;
1912 I; 1911a;
1918 V; 1918b;
1925 X; 1925e;
1934 I; 1933e;
1942 VI; 1950 VI;
1950c; 1959 II;
1958c; 1967 XII;
1967j; 1976 II;
1975f; 1984 IX;
1983m; 1992 XXII;
1992m
Orbital characteristics A
Epoch December 2, 2000 (JD 2451880.5)
Aphelion 5.73 AU
Perihelion 2.72 AU
Semi-major axis 4.07 AU
Eccentricity 0.407
Orbital period 8.74 a
Inclination 27.52°
Last perihelion February 27, 2009
Next perihelion December 1, 2017[1]

14P/Wolf is a periodic comet in our solar system.

Max Wolf (Heidelberg, Germany) discovered the comet on September 17, 1884. It was later discovered, but not credited to, Ralph Copeland (Dun Echt Observatory, Aberdeen, Scotland) on September 23.

Previously, the comet had a perihelion of 2.74 AU and an orbital period of 8.84 a, this changed to a perihelion of 2.43 AU and orbital period of 8.28 a due to passing 0.125 AU from Jupiter on September 27, 1922, the current values have been from when the comet passed Jupiter again on August 13, 2005. Another close approach to Jupiter on March 10, 2041 will return the comet to parameters similar to the period 1925 to 2000.

The comet nucleus is estimated to be 4.6 kilometers in diameter.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick Rocher (2010-02-12). "Note number : 0110 P/Wolf : 14P". Institut de mecanique celeste et de calcul des ephemerides. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  2. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 14P/Wolf". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 2009-11-23 last obs. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 

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