The Natural World: September

--Leanne Burden Seidel ( 32 photos total ) A Bryde's whale and seagulls feast on anchovies in the Gulf of Thailand, Sept 9. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/09/the_natural_world_september.html

Asian Games 2014

Caption by Lynn Jenner with information from Inciweb and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.) # 9 This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a beautiful spiral galaxy known as PGC 54493, located in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent). This galaxy is part of a galaxy cluster that has been studied by astronomers exploring an intriguing phenomenon known as weak gravitational lensing. This effect, caused by the uneven distribution of matter (including dark matter) throughout the Universe, has been explored via surveys such as the Hubble Medium Deep Survey. Dark matter is one of the great mysteries in cosmology. It behaves very differently from ordinary matter as it does not emit or absorb light or other forms of electromagnetic energy � hence the term "dark." (European Space Agency ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt) # 10 On August 22, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA�s Terra satellite captured a true-color image of a sunny summer day in Iceland. While most of the winter snow has melted to reveal green vegetation, the rugged northern peaks retain a snow cap. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/09/images_from_nasa.html

Syrian Kurdish refugees flooding into Turkey

Syrian Kurdish refugees flooding into Turkey At least 130,000 refugees have poured into Turkey over the past three days, escaping an Islamic State offensive in Syria. On Friday, Turkey reopened its border but forces fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of Kurdish protesters who accuse Ankara of favoring Islamic State against the Kurds. --Thea Breite ( 20 photos total ) Syrian refugees gather at the border in Suruc, Turkey, late Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP) http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/09/syrian_kurdish_refugees_flooding_into_turkey.html

Images from NASA

4. --Lloyd Young ( 25 photos total ) Japan's Masanori Hayashi (left) strikes the ball against South Korea's Im An-Soo in the men's team sepak takraw preliminary match during the 2014 Asian Games at Bucheon Gymnasium in Bucheon, east of Incheon, on Sept. 24. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/09/asian_games_2014.html