Tomorrow is a big day for scary awesome super science!!! As an avid science fiction reader I am always on the look-out for things that will make all my awesome nerd dreams come true. Pictured above is Large Hadrom Collider, or at least part of it. Frankly, when it comes to the science part of it, I have no idea exactly what this thing does but I will try to give you the gist of things. The LHC is the world’s largest particle accelerator and will allow scientists to study when and how some sort of particles break down blah blah blah blah. Why is this scary awesome super science, you may ask? Well, apparently when particles break down in this sort of setting it will be producing tiny black holes. That’s right black holes….on Earth…where we live…where we keep all of our stuff. Some people are worried that some of these black holes will maybe stick around longer than the nanosecond the scientists are saying they will last. I, for one, am totally excited to see if this thing swallows all of Switzerland and, in turns, ushers in the Apocalypse. More cool crazy science and pictures after the jump…
Just to give you an idea of how large the LHC is, here is a mock-up of how much space it takes up:
That’s right, it is massive! If this whole thing hits the fan, it will be unlike anything we’ve seen on this planet! Right now, it is unclear as to whether the LHC will produce unwanted mini black holes, but apparently there is a very good chance. What the scientists are really looking at first is what exactly “dark matter” is and to really nail down this whole “Big Bang” issue. Even if this thing doesn’t swallow up the world, I’m pretty excited to see what they can get out of it. At the very least it looks amazing. It also does really look like something that will blow up the world. Can’t have sweet without the sour, I suppose.
The LHC isn’t going to be fully operational until September 10th, but tomorrow they will shooting some particles through one of the eight sectors as a test. The specific reasoning for a test like this? Says Judy Jackson, head of the Office of Communications at Fermilab, “Let’s see what happens.” What a wonderfully nonchalant attitude towards something that could bring along the downfall of man! Science is awesome!
Cross your fingers tomorrow everybody!
I want to visit this thing so bad!