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Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 43

On to the next group! This one contains a lot of green and water, but there’s more, too. Looking through these photos gives me a lot of nostalgic feelings. I’ll be back there again! Anyway, which photos do you like?

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

Enoshima coast

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Little splash

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Looking across Sagami Bay

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Flowers in spring

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Bright green

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Tokaido Line T

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Under the umbrella

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Bus in the rain

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Vivid green Isshikigawa

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Hawks at Yuigahama Beach

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

Thanks for all the votes! Please let me know what you voted for and why. I look forward to seeing your opinions.

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Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 42

In this group of photos, we moved on down the coast of Kamakura and into Fujisawa, especially Enoshima. You get to continue enjoying the seaside and island scenery with these ones. But which photos do you like?

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

Inamuragasaki cape

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Enoshima and Shichirigahama from Inamuragasaki

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Kamakura coast from Inamuragasaki

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Enoshima condo

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Sexy fountain on Enoshima

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Torii on Enoshima

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Surfboards in a narrow Enoshima alley

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A finger into the ocean

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Rugged Enoshima coast

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Rock arch

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

I was joking about the sexy fountain. Anyway, I’m very interested in what you think of these photos, so please leave a comment explaining your votes. Thanks!

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 41

You’re in for a treat this time. Sky, lots of sky. And sunsets! This is when my obsession for amazing, bright sunsets began. And they are some of my more popular photos. But I’ll let you be the judge. Let’s take a look.

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

Venus, moon, and Jupiter

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Today's amazing sunset and clouds

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Sakura

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Marsh boardwalk

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Enoshima

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Mt Fuji sunset

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Mt Fuji sunset at the beach

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Yuigahama Beach in Kamakura

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The cliff of Inamuragasaki in Kamakura

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Inamuragasaki, Kamakura

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

Thanks for voting! In addition to the vote above, please let me know why you voted the way you did. I’m very interested in knowing.

An Ocean on Ganymede

It seems that after I posted about possible life-bearing worlds in our solar system, all these announcements have come out.  Well, now it’s Ganymede’s turn.  Not on my top five list, it may need to be included, though looking at the structure of Ganymede, it’s still a low possibility.

Ganymede_g1_true_2Ganymede is the largest natural satellite in the solar system, even larger than the planet Mercury, but it doesn’t contain as much mass.  The reason is that Mercury has a huge iron core, while Ganymede’s is smaller.  It’s also not common for a moon to have an iron core, and it and Europa are the only two icy moons to be lucky enough.  Ganymede’s molten iron core gives it the distinction of having its own magnetic field, and even aurora.  And it’s just that particular feature that scientists were looking at with the Hubble Space Telescope.  What it enabled them to discover (or rather confirm what has been guessed) that Ganymede has a very thick salty ocean that is 100 km deep.  That means that it has more liquid water than Earth does.  That is quite remarkable.

So what does this mean for life on Ganymede?  Well, considering that the ocean layer is sandwiched between an icy crust and an ice mantle, I don’t think there’s much of a chance of hydrothermal vents.  More like no chance.  That ice mantle is extremely thick.  This differs from Europa in that the smaller icy moon has a liquid water ocean over a rocky mantle.  Europa has a far better chance at having hydrothermal vents and life.  But it’s still very interesting, and I’m really enjoying the recent discoveries.

You can read a full writeup on this at The Planetary Society.