Black Hole in front of the Milky Way by Ute Kraus

The Large Hadron Collider has successfully created a “mini-Big Bang” by smashing together lead ions instead of protons. […]

Up until now, the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator – which is run by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) – has been colliding protons, in a bid to uncover mysteries of the Universe’s formation.

Proton collisions could help spot the elusive Higgs boson particle and signs of new physical laws, such as a framework called supersymmetry.

But for the next four weeks, scientists at the LHC will concentrate on analysing the data obtained from the lead ion collisions.

BBC: Large Hadron Collider (LHC) generates a ‘mini-Big Bang’

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Image by Ute Kraus / CC