The Large Hadron Collider is nearly ready

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometer (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is preparing for its first small tests in early August, leading to a planned full-track test in September - and the first planned particle collisions before the end of the year. The final step before starting is the chilling of the entire collider to -271.25 C (-456.25 F). Here is a collection of photographs from CERN, showing various stages of completion of the LHC and several of its larger experiments (some over seven stories tall), over the past several years. (27 more photos @ Boston.com's Big Picture) & the LHC main site

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More elaborate than any Hollywood sci-fi movie set: 'Yes my Lord Vader, the Death Star is now operational!' Can you feel the 'static' charge building up in the air? Can you sense that fate and destiny are about to collide? Are our clocks seemingly slowing, and then speeding up? Then it must be time to begin!


Remember: Follow the 'White Rabbit'!