If you were inclined to take a picture of the beautiful sunset on Monday, July 12, you likely have a picture of Venus joining Mars in the July twilight. 
In 2020, Jupiter and Saturn treated skygazers to a once-in-a-lifetime "great conjunction," when they were closer in the night sky than they had been since medieval times. And in January, our solar system's two largest planets were joined by a third — Mercury — forming a rare three-planet conjunction. 
Earth’s "sister planet" Venus is the planet with the closest orbit to Earth’s orbit. Venus is often referenced as the "Morning Star" or "Evening Star," based on whether it is visible around sunrise or sunset. 

Venus and Mars appeared to nearly overlap in the night sky on the Monday evening, and still appeared extremely close on July 13, just after sunset. If you held your hand up to the sky, the planets will appear on either side of your index finger.
The next sky gazing event will be the first quarter moon Saturday, July 17.