Clouds scatter the faint orange rays of the setting sun [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000115.html ] in the foreground of this breathtaking photograph from the summit [ http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/mko/mko.html ] of Mauna Kea, Hawaii [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980725.html ]. Taken on April 7th, this skyscape features a dramatic lunar and planetary alignment [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000406.html ]. An overexposed crescent moon [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap991108.html ] dominates the celestial scene, but the bright "star" just below and to its right is Saturn [ http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini/Kids/stories/ ] while further below Saturn is a close pairing of brilliant Jupiter [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000429.html ] and a fainter, yellowish Mars [ http://marsnt3.jpl.nasa.gov/education/students.html ]. Red giant star Aldebaran [ http://www.bo.astro.it/copernic/alde-eng.html ] is almost directly above the moon near the top of the image and the bright blue stars of the Pleiades cluster [ http://www.aao.gov.au/images.html/captions/uks018.html ] are visible about midway up and to the right of the moon-Aldebaran line. The good news is that planetary alignments [ http://www.skypub.com/news/special/whypanic.html ] like this one do not portend [ http://tech-two.mit.edu/Shakespeare/Tragedy/macbeth/ macbeth.html ] disasters, are relatively common, and can clearly make inspirational viewing for casual stargazers and astronomers alike. The bad [ http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/misc/planets.html ] news is that the world is not going to end because of the highly publicized planetary alignment [ http://www.griffithobs.org/SkyAlignments.html ] occurring tomorrow, May 5th -- so you probably will have to go to work [ http://www.nasa.gov/newsinfo/alignment.html ]!