This photo released Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, shows the Hubble Space Telescope's view of the NCG 3077 galaxy. The dark clumps of material scattered around the bright nucleus are pieces of wreckage from the galaxy's interactions with its larger neighbors. NGC 3077 is a member of the M81 group of galaxies and it resides 12.5 million light-years from Earth.
Ahead Of The Curve
A man votes at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008. Voters in this crucial swing state began casting absentee ballots Tuesday, a day after state and federal courts upheld a disputed early voting law.
President Bush finishes his statement about the economic rescue bill and financial crisis, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. Mr. Bush pledged that his administration will work with congressional leaders to get the defeated $700 billion relief package back on track, saying "this is not the end of the legislative process."
Dolphins at the Japanese marine park in Toyooka, western Japan, are fed mackerel Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, as they go through the final stage of a low-fat diet after developing pot bellies and failing to look sharp in their performances. A park spokesman said that all 19 dolphins have been on a diet since late August, when they started failing to hit jumping targets and keep upright while treading water.
Mimas The Moon
Saturn's moon Mimas is seen beneath the rings of the planet. Mimas is the innermost of the planet's major moons and is 246 miles across. The images were acquired with Cassini's narrow-angle camera at a distance of approximately 1.7 million miles from Saturn and 1.8 million miles from Mimas.
Lived To Tell About It
Newly released X-ray images show how a teenage boy cheated death when a 5-inch knife was plunged into his head. The 16-year-old and two other young men were injured when they tried to stop a friend from being robbed at a bus stop. He was rushed to hospital with the kitchen knife still stuck in his forehead after the attack in Walworth, south London, last November.
Thousands of Muslims circle the Kabaa inside and outside the Grand Mosque, during Eid al-Fitr morning prayers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008. Muslims pray to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy lunar month of Ramadan which consisted of a month fasting between daybreak and sunset.
Streaks In The Night
A carousel rotates besides the historical Mariendom, Cathedral of Mary, in Erfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008. Oktoberfest in Erfurt started on Sept. 26, 2008 and lasts until Oct. 12, 2008.