I saw these sky views of Mars and Venus in early 2017 near the extended stay hotel I frequented in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Not long after sunset on January 1, 2017, Venus was a bright spot in the sky not far from the moon.
By the next night, the moon was now between Mars and Venus. I labeled this image, taken not long after sunset on January 2, 2017, because Mars was such a faint dot in the sky.
(Mars was more visible to my naked eye than what the camera was able to capture.
This is a closer view of the Moon and Mars the same night as the prior photo (Jan. 2, 2107).
(Mars is slightly blurred.)
This is a closer view of the Moon and Venus the same night as the prior photo (Jan. 2, 2107).
Relatively speaking, Venus was further from the Moon than Mars was from the Moon.
Several nights later on January 5, 2017, I was able to capture Mars and Venus relatively near each other. I was also able to get the camera to pick up the reddish color of Mars that I could see with my naked eye.
Several weeks later on February 1, 2017, I was again able to capture Mars and Venus relatively near each other. This time Mars was a much more visible red color in the sky.
In a different portion of the sky a little later that same evening, I was able to see the Moon, Mars, and Venus at the same time.
(More light from the surrounding buildings blurred the celstial orbs in this image.)
By early April, Venus became visible in the morning sky just before sunrise.
(April 12, 2017.)
All photos © S. M. Garver