16 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 Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts about 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon rises in the east in mid-afternoon and is high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible through most of the night sky setting a few hours before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.

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

Today’s Waxing Gibbous Phase

The Waxing Gibbous on December 16 has an illumination of 94%. 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 16 the Moon is 12.37 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: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 94%
Moon Age: 12.37 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 404,035.16 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,213,626.90 km

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Southeastern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:24 Sagittarius 29
Moon:22 Taurus 46
Mercury:03 Capricorn 56
Venus:26 Capricorn 17
Mars:01 Sagittarius 59
Jupiter:27 Aquarius 41
Saturn:10 Aquarius 18
Uranus:11 Taurus 17 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 28
Pluto:25 Capricorn 27
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 42
Mean Lunar Node:00 Gemini 22 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):16 Gemini 43
Chiron:08 Aries 27 Rx
Ceres:00 Gemini 55 Rx
Pallas:12 Pisces 58
Juno:11 Capricorn 21
Vesta:16 Sagittarius 02
Eris:23 Aries 45 Rx

Southwestern Hemisphere All Tomorrow FOR 1700 BRT GMT 2000 Post 1400 CT

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

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

Sun:25 Sagittarius 05
Moon:29 Taurus 39
Mercury:04 Capricorn 51
Venus:26 Capricorn 21
Mars:02 Sagittarius 24
Jupiter:27 Aquarius 47
Saturn:10 Aquarius 21
Uranus:11 Taurus 16 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 28
Pluto:25 Capricorn 28
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 43
Mean Lunar Node:00 Gemini 20 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):16 Gemini 47

Chiron:08 Aries 26 Rx

Ceres:00 Gemini 48 Rx
Pallas:13 Pisces 05
Juno:11 Capricorn 34
Vesta:16 Sagittarius 21
Eris:23 Aries 45 Rx