Large Hadron Collider – The World’s Largest Atom Smasher

January 4, 2009

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which is the world’s largest and highest energy particle accelerator should be up and running again as early as summer 2009. The LHC which is 17 miles of underground track in Switzerland was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Scientists believe that the LHC, which can send ions and protons in opposite directions at 99.9% the speed of light, will collide the opposing beams into each other at high enough speeds to create dark matter, thought to provide structure throughout the universe. The experiment will create conditions present a trillionth of a second following the “Big Bang”. Scientists all over the world are anxiously awaiting the results because they believe it will give them a better understanding of the universe and it’s creation. Below are some amazing photographs that I found on CERN’s official site of the LHC under construction.

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Arial view of the CERN facility and 17 mile underground track on the border of Switzerland & France

Arial view of the CERN facility and 17 mile underground track on the border of Switzerland & France

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