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

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born.


The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9pm and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

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

Today’s Waning Gibbous Phase

The Waning Gibbous on December 22 has an illumination of 90%. 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 22 the Moon is 17.75 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 Gibbous
Illumination: 90%
Moon Age: 17.75 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 397,558.42 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,147,863.00 km

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Southeastern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:00 Capricorn 36
Moon:04 Leo 06
Mercury:13 Capricorn 22
Venus:26 Capricorn 20 Rx
Mars:06 Sagittarius 12
Jupiter:28 Aquarius 43
Saturn:10 Aquarius 53
Uranus:11 Taurus 08 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 32
Pluto:25 Capricorn 38
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 26 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:00 Gemini 03 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):17 Gemini 23
Chiron:08 Aries 26
Ceres:29 Taurus 52 Rx
Pallas:14 Pisces 12
Juno:13 Capricorn 38
Vesta:19 Sagittarius 17
Eris:23 Aries 43 Rx


Southwestern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:01 Capricorn 11
Moon:11 Leo 13
Mercury:14 Capricorn 17
Venus:26 Capricorn 15 Rx
Mars:06 Sagittarius 37
Jupiter:28 Aquarius 49
Saturn:10 Aquarius 57
Uranus:11 Taurus 07 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 32
Pluto:25 Capricorn 39
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 23 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:00 Gemini 01 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):17 Gemini 27
Chiron:08 Aries 26
Ceres:29 Taurus 47 Rx
Pallas:14 Pisces 19
Juno:13 Capricorn 51
Vesta:19 Sagittarius 36
Eris:23 Aries 43 Rx