3 December Daily Correspondence Digest for the Southern Hemisphere’s Moon Phase and Planetary Positions

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From Moongiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Crescent phase. n this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this part of the Moon cycle, the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

Visit the December 2021 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waning Crescent Phase

The Waning Crescent on December 3 has an illumination of 1%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On December 3 the Moon is 28.57 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

Phase Details

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 1%
Moon Age: 28.57 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,940.10 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,444,444.18 km

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Southeastern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

3 December 2021
06:00 am GMT 5:00 PM AEDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:11 Sagittarius 17
Moon:26 Scorpio 05
Mercury:13 Sagittarius 32
Venus:21 Capricorn 45
Mars:22 Scorpio 56
Jupiter:25 Aquarius 41
Saturn:09 Aquarius 09
Uranus:11 Taurus 41 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 24
Pluto:25 Capricorn 06
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 44
Mean Lunar Node:01 Gemini 03 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):15 Gemini 16
Chiron:08 Aries 34 Rx
Ceres:03 Gemini 41 Rx
Pallas:10 Pisces 49
Juno:06 Capricorn 31
Vesta:09 Sagittarius 00

Eris:23 Aries 49 Rx

Southwestern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

3 December 2021
08:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:11 Sagittarius 52
Moon:04 Sagittarius 56
Mercury:14 Sagittarius 27
Venus:22 Capricorn 04
Mars:23 Scorpio 20
Jupiter:25 Aquarius 46
Saturn:09 Aquarius 12
Uranus:11 Taurus 40 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 24
Pluto:25 Capricorn 06
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 44 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:01 Gemini 01 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):15 Gemini 20

Chiron:08 Aries 33 Rx

Ceres:03 Gemini 33 Rx
Pallas:10 Pisces 54
Juno:06 Capricorn 44
Vesta:09 Sagittarius 19
Eris:23 Aries 49 Rx