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CERN Collider. Astronomy and thought

CERN Collider. Astronomy and thought


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In this photo we see a part of the large hadron collider (LHC) of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Currently, CERN works on one of the most ambitious scientific projects in history. Through the most powerful particle accelerator ever built, he intends to find out what happened during the first moments of the Universe, what is matter and what makes our Universe exist.

To know the Cosmos, the study of distant galaxies and observations through powerful telescopes are no longer enough. Astronomy is not enough by itself. We must approach the world of the smallest: particle physics.

Under the Franco-French border, through a 27 km long tunnel, CERN scientists collide particles at speeds close to the speed of light. They recreate the initial conditions of the Universe. They hope to find evidence of the existence of new particles during the first moments of our Universe.

The most important search for LHC is the Higgs boson, also known as "the divine particle." According to the theory, the Higgs boson is responsible for the particles having mass. Demonstrating its existence would respond to the origin of all matter in the Universe.

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