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Poll #1457192 The End of White People

How do you think we white people, the brutal scourges of the planet, the evil empire, will get what we've got coming - the end of our civilization, if not our whole race?

Natural extinction (e.g., meteor, volcanic-caused climate change)
1(11.1%)
Self-caused extinction (e.g., pollution-caused climate change, civil war, killing off too many beneficial animals)
1(11.1%)
An uprising of non-white peoples
3(33.3%)
Conquered by space aliens
1(11.1%)
Conquered by cyborgs created from ordinary people
0(0.0%)
Conquered by genetically engineered or eugenically bred superior people
0(0.0%)
None. White people will endure forever! We will conquer space next!
1(11.1%)


Note that pretty much all these answers can be found in science fiction.

Clusterfuck-teh winnah

From the beginning, it was no contest.

The winner is, the one (that was once four) and only,

MACSJ0717

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apperception came up with this idea way back when I first started the Dancing with the Galaxies polls. I liked the idea and the name, but I didn't want to do it in the midst of the DWTG series. But now that DWTG is long since over, it's time. This time, there will only be one poll, because I could find only four real-life galaxy cluster collision images.

The winner (if one emerges) may become an avatar of mine, but probably not the default.

Poll #1407192 Clusterfuck

Which is the most beautiful galaxy cluster collision?

MACSJ0717 (Chandra)
8(61.5%)
1E 0657-56 (Bullet Cluster) (Chandra)
1(7.7%)
Abell 521 (Chandra)
2(15.4%)
MACSJ0025.4-1222 (Chandra + Hubble)
2(15.4%)


The contestants are:

MACSJ0717 (the inspiration for the poll)
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1e0657-56, the Bullet Cluster
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Abell 521
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MACSJ0025.4-1222
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DWTG Finals: Declaring a Winner Early

You can still vote if you want, but ESO 593-8 has a solid lead - 5 votes compared to 2 for each of the others - and I don't expect more than about 2 or 3 more votes to trickle in before tomorrow morning anyway.

So...my new default avatar will be ESO 593-8.

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Thanks to all who voted.

Dancing with the Galaxies Finals

So here it is, the finals round of DWTG. The three winners from the 7-galaxy episodes will face off against each other for the title of best intergalactic dancers and my default avatar.

Poll #1401741 Dancing with the Galaxies Finals

Which mean pair of galaxies has the hottest moves of all the winners?

Arp 147 (the ring thing)
2(22.2%)
ESO 593-8 (the right stuff)
5(55.6%)
UGC 8335 (holding hands)
2(22.2%)


The contestants:
Episode 1 Winner, Arp 147, the Ring Thing:
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Episode 2 Winner, ESO 593-8, the Right Stuff:
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Episode 3 "Winner," UGC 8335, Holding Hands:
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Well...this time there's a 4-way tie.

UGC 12914 & 12915: 2 votes
AM 1316-241: 2 votes
Arp 82: 2 votes
NGC 4567 & 4568: 0 votes
UGC 3395 & 3396: 0 votes
NGC 5754 & 5752: 1 vote
UGC 8335: 2 votes

So I get to decide the winner among the four pairs with the highest numbers of votes.

And, voting on "dancing" style (the details of the interaction itself) rather than "clothing" style (pretty colors), I'm gonna have to give it to UGC 8335. I think I remember it taking an early lead anyway.

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Next: the finals round. I will not close the Finals poll, and I will leave the results viewable to all, but I will declare a winner by Thursday morning and change my default avatar accordingly.

Dancing with the Galaxies, Episode 3

This will be the second to last interacting galaxy poll - the last poll will be a finals round with only 3 galaxies.

Check out the results from Episode 2 if you want, and then get voting.

Polls close Monday morning.

Poll #1399635 Dancing with the Galaxies, Episode 3
This poll is closed.

Pick your favorite of the last set of 7 interacting galaxy pairs.

UGC 12914 & 12915
2(25.0%)
AM 1316-241
2(25.0%)
Arp 82
1(12.5%)
NGC 4567 & 4568
0(0.0%)
UGC 3395 & 3396
0(0.0%)
NGC 5754 & 5752
0(0.0%)
UGC 8335
2(25.0%)


Contestant line-up:

UGC 12914 & 12915 (SOFIA/USRA)
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AM 1316-241 (NASA/Hubble)
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Arp 82 (NASA/Spitzer)
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NGC 4567 & 4568 (Caltech/Palomar)
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NGC 3395 & 3396 (Sloan Digital Sky Survey)
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NGC 5754 & 5752 (NASA/Hubble)
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UGC 8335 (Hubble)
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DWTG Episode 2 Results

NGC 5394 & 5395: 1 vote
Arp 194: 4 votes
NGC 1531 & 1532: 0 votes
NGC 6240: 0 votes
Arp 148: 2 votes
NGC 6670: 0 votes
ESO 593-8: 5 votes

The winner is...ESO 593-8! A fine choice.

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Dancing with the Galaxies: Episode 2

Where else can you get approximately 10 billion times the star power of "Dancing with the Stars?"

You know the drill. Answer the poll. Split the vote if you can't pick just one favorite.

EDIT: The poll is now closed. Please vote in Episode 3.

Oh, and check out Episode 1 Results if you haven't already.

Poll #1397860 Dancing with the Galaxies, Episode 2
This poll is closed.

Which of the second set of seven star-studded galaxy pairs has the hottest moves?

NGC 5394 & 5395
1(9.1%)
Arp 194
3(27.3%)
NGC 1531 & 1532
0(0.0%)
NGC 6240
0(0.0%)
Arp 148
2(18.2%)
NGC 6670
0(0.0%)
ESO 593-8
4(36.4%)


The contestants for Episode 2 are:

NGC 5394 & 5395 (Faulkes telescope):
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Arp 194 (Hubble, featured in NatGeo):
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NGC 1531 & 1532 (Hubble):
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NGC 6240 (Hubble):
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Arp 148 (Hubble):
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NGC 6670 (Hubble):
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ESO 593-8 (NASA/Hubble):
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