17 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 17 has an illumination of 97%. 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 17 the Moon is 13.26 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: 97%
Moon Age: 13.26 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,222.27 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,200,824.26 km

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Southeastern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:25 Sagittarius 30
Moon:04 Gemini 34
Mercury:05 Capricorn 31
Venus:26 Capricorn 24
Mars:02 Sagittarius 41
Jupiter:27 Aquarius 51
Saturn:10 Aquarius 24
Uranus:11 Taurus 16 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 28
Pluto:25 Capricorn 29
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 43 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:00 Gemini 19 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):16 Gemini 50
Chiron:08 Aries 26 Rx
Ceres:00 Gemini 44 Rx
Pallas:13 Pisces 10
Juno:11 Capricorn 44
Vesta:16 Sagittarius 35
Eris:23 Aries 44 Rx


Southwestern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:26 Sagittarius 06
Moon:11 Gemini 27
Mercury:06 Capricorn 26
Venus:26 Capricorn 26
Mars:03 Sagittarius 06
Jupiter:27 Aquarius 57
Saturn:10 Aquarius 27
Uranus:11 Taurus 15 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 29
Pluto:25 Capricorn 30
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 42 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:00 Gemini 17 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):16 Gemini 53

Chiron:08 Aries 26 Rx

Ceres:00 Gemini 37 Rx
Pallas:13 Pisces 17
Juno:11 Capricorn 57
Vesta:16 Sagittarius 54
Eris:23 Aries 44 Rx