The Large Hadron Collider went online at CERN on September 10, 2008.
Happy tenth anniversary, ten years of proving that the fear mongering Chicken Littles should have kept quiet. (“The black hole is falling! The black hole is falling!”)
The £5 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will smash protons – one of the building blocks of matter – into each other at energies up to seven times greater than any achieved before.
The LHC, a colossal machine housed in a 27 kilometre (17 mile) tunnel buried under 100 metres of rock, straddles the borders of Switzerland and France between Lake Geneva and the Jura mountains.