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.
[Venus is a bright white spot in the upper left of the image. The moon is bright in the lower right of the image at less than 25 percent full, but the entire circle of the moon is faintly visible.]

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.
[Mars is a small light-colored dot in the upper left. A quarter moon with a bright haze around it is in the middle of the image. Venus is a bright white dot in the lower right. To the left of each orb is its name in white letters.]

This is a closer view of the Moon and Mars the same night as the prior photo (Jan. 2, 2107).
(Mars is slightly blurred.)
[Mars is a small light-colored wavy dot in the upper left. The moon is bright in the lower right of the image at 25 percent full, but the entire circle of the moon is faintly visible. To the left of each orb is its name in white letters.]

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.
[A quarter moon with a bright haze around it is in the upper left of the image. Venus is a bright white dot in the lower right.To the left of each orb is its name in white letters.]

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.
[Mars is a small brownish-red dot in the upper left. Venus is a bright white spot in the lower right of the image. To the left of each orb is its name in white letters.]

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.
[Mars is a brownish-red orb in the upper middle of the image. Venus is a bright white orb in the lower right of the image. ]

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.)
[The Moon is in the upper middle of the image. Mars is a faint dot at about five o'clock in relation to the moon. Venus is a bright white dot at about five o'clock in relation to Mars, but it's closer to Mars than Mars is to the Moon. To the left of each orb is its name in white letters. Palm fronds in the upper right are also labeled as are the electrical power lines and poles in the lower left. ]

By early April, Venus became visible in the morning sky just before sunrise.
(April 12, 2017.)
[This is a street view with the street lights still lit while the lower portion of the sky starts to turn red-orange. There is a line of clouds on the horizon below which is the orange-red sky and above which is the clear dark blue sky. Venus is a bright white spot above and to the right of a street light post. To the left of Venus is its name in white letters.]

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